There seems to be a new ruckus in the very first match of the Ashes series. Actually, Ben Stokes made 4 consecutive no-balls in one over of the Australian innings, but the umpire did not notice a single one. When David Warner was bowled on the fourth ball, then the no-ball was checked, then the reality came out. After this, the matter of all 4 balls being no-balls came to the fore. Former umpire Simon Taufel and former Australian captain Ricky Ponting were furious at this.
Ben Stokes, who came to the 13th of the innings, which was his first over, bowled David Warner on the fourth ball. 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 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.
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.
This kind of mistake is incomprehensible: Simon Taufel
Former umpire Simon Taufel said, “They should check every ball according to the state of the game and the technical process.” I can’t really explain why they weren’t checked. The third umpire has technical capability. He should check every ball.
Therefore the on-field umpire is not responsible
The surprising thing was that the last 3 balls were also no-balls, but the third umpire missed it. The on-field umpire was not responsible for this. In fact, the decision to hand over the task of checking no-balls to the third umpire was taken in August 2019. This system was first used in the ODI series between England and Pakistan in 2106.
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