On the second day of the Brisbane Test on Thursday, Australian opener David Warner got a big life. He was bowled off a ball by England all-rounder Ben Stokes. But that ball from Stokes was a no-ball. England had given Australia an early blow in the form of Marcus Harris and in such a situation, Warner’s wicket could prove to be very big for him but Stokes’ mistake was a big relief to the Kangaroo team.
Stokes’ big mistake
David Warner was bowled by Ben Stokes. There was great joy in the England camp. However, it was visible on Stokes’s face that there had been a mistake. He didn’t celebrate. Yes, Stokes’ foot was ahead of the crease. It was a no-ball.
It was the 14th over of Australia’s innings. This ball from Stokes, it was a good inswing ball. Warner missed the defence. The ball hit his pads and hit the stumps. Warner was asked to stop to check if it was a no-ball. And the same happened. Before the replays hit the big screen, Stokes had walked past his bowling mark.
so what were the umpires doing
Call it a huge umpiring mistake or Stokes’ bad luck and or Warner’s luck. Stokes overstepped in the first four balls in the Brisbane Test. That is, his foot was ahead of the crease. But the umpire gave a no-ball only on which Warner was bowled. According to the new rule, now the no-ball is given by the third umpire, not the on-field umpire, but he continued to make mistakes. Simon Tuffle, who was the famous umpire on Seven Cricket, described this type of umpiring as very bad. He said, ‘He should watch every ball, I can’t explain it.’
Lucky you Warner
This is not the first time that Warner has been out on a no-ball. Before this, he has received life donation four times. He was bowled on a no-ball by Varun Aaron of India in Adelaide in 2014. This was followed by Wahab Riaz of Pakistan in 2016, Stuart Broad caught by Sam Curran in 2017, that too was a no-ball. In 2019, he was caught on a no-ball at the hands of Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan) off Naseem.
Strong partnership of Warner and Labushane
Warner is ready to take advantage of this opportunity. He is batting on 49 runs till lunch on the second day. He has faced 94 balls and hit four fours and two sixes. Warner and Marnus Labushane shared a 121 run partnership for the second wicket. Labushane is playing 53 runs off 77 balls. He hit five fours and a six. Australia’s score is 113 runs for one wicket and they are just 34 runs behind England’s score of 147 runs.