- Ben Stokes made a total of 14 no-balls on the second day of the Brisbane Test
- The surprising thing is that during this time only 2 got caught.
- All this happened due to the problem related to technology.
- Many players including Ricky Ponting are furious over this.
The legendary England all-rounder came to bowl for the first time in the first Test of the Ashes series. During this, he made 4 consecutive no-balls, while overall it happened 14 times. The surprising thing is that out of this incident that happened during such an important series, on only two occasions, the umpire managed to catch it. A no-ball from Ben Stokes on his leg prevented England from getting the valuable wicket of Australian opener David Warner, but it also exposed the ‘technology’ problem in the Ashes series.
When Stokes bowled his first over since March, it was soon after that Warner, who was then playing on 17 runs, got this life. It also showed that Stokes had stepped ahead of the crease on his last three balls as well, but the umpire did not give him a no-ball. Australia’s Ashes broadcaster Channel 7 later revealed that Stokes had put his foot ahead of the crease 14 times on the second day of the match on Thursday but was given a no-ball only twice.
Warner was also given out first but the umpire had to change his decision after the no-ball was detected from the replay. This also exposed a bigger problem with the match officials. Cricket Australia said technology issues at the Gabba meant that third umpire Paul Wilson could not review each ball replay to determine whether the bowler had stepped over the crease.
This means that the on-field umpires will have to decide on it. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting criticized such poor umpiring during the commentary of the match. The International Cricket Council (ICC) implemented this arrangement allowing a third umpire to check for no-balls. Before the change in the rules last year, it was the on-field umpire who gave a no-ball after notifying the bowler if he stepped ahead of the crease.
Former bowler Trent Copeland was furious, said – big mistake
On Channel 7, former Australia bowler Trent Copeland criticized Stokes for not giving the earlier no-ball. He said, ‘If you don’t know that this is happening then you are a complete failure. If it is not checked when the wicket is falling, then it will not even be known. It simply means that the technology is not being used.
Pathetic umpiring: Ricky Ponting
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting called it pathetic umpiring. “If someone is checking them from above and they haven’t determined that any of them are no-balls, it’s just pathetic umpiring as far as I’m concerned,” he said.