England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day July 20, 2013

CA apologise for 'inappropriate' tweet


Cricket Australia has apologised for a rogue, ribald tweet in reaction to Ian Bell's survival of an appeal for a catch by Steve Smith on day three of the Lord's Test.

Bell was on 3 when he sliced Ryan Harris low to Smith in the gully. Smith appeared to take a clean catch but Bell stood his ground. The umpires conferred and after the third umpire, Tony Hill, viewed video evidence the batsman was spared.

Australia's players were surprised at the decision, with Smith visibly unhappy that his word had not been accepted. Amid widespread condemnation of Hill's call, the official CA Twitter account gave vent to Australian frustrations with the words "That decision sucked ass #bulls***".

The tweet was soon deleted, and a subsequent apology suggested the words had not been typed from Lord's: "Apologies for the inappropriate tweet earlier regarding the Bell catch. It didn't emanate from CA's official Twitter presence at Lord's. CA is currently investigating the matter."

The official CA Twitter account is accessible to numerous staff members within CA, used as it is for a wide variety of announcements, updates and links.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Benefit of the doubt on the catch... Why aren't we discussing Agar's stumping or Trott's inside edge in the 1st innings of the 1st Test? Because England are smashing Aus to pieces. That's why...

  • Paul on July 21, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Lucky Bell - two near misses before 10; then what would the Bellophiles have said? Could he have asked Smith? Poor Smith who made an honest catch. Perhaps we should ask Steve Waugh, now on ICC committee about how catches should be treated (ref Lara)

  • Anthony Joseph on July 21, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Jonathan-E should note that there is nothing in the Laws that dictate the benefit of any doubt be given to the batsman - Common Justice demands however that any doubt be given to the batsman - he has the single chance, the bowling side has a chance with every ball bowled. The ultimate solution is to look at the scorebook, that should tell everyone the ultimate outcome. If, as many TV pundits tell us, it is difficult to tell what the true situation is due to foreshortening of the images then DON'T use it!

  • Brian on July 21, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    I agree whole hardheartedly with Geoff Boycott who said that Umpire Erasmus never had the guts to make the correct decision and took the easy way out by referring it to the 3rd Umpire, who had no option on the TV evidence to give it not out. Its a shame a players word, is not good enough any more. Why have Umpires at Square leg give any decisions at all, when you have the 3rd Umpire being used extensively, to make all their decisions.

  • Greg on July 21, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    I'll admit it, Australia are no longer GOOG enough! lol I don't think there were any problems with the Root or Agar decisions in the first test. Trott - absolutely but hot spot was unavailable. As for Agar it was difficult to see if he was in or out due to the black soles of his shoes & the shadow over the crease so he shouldn't have been given out.

    The Broad one was obvious & was a howler. Rogers & Hughes were badly done by in this test as well.

    And why are the umpires checking the Australian no-balls all the time & not England's. Half of them aren't even close to a no-ball.

    Whilst Bell was quite within his rights to stand firm, he should have been given out - the catch obviously carried & anyone who didn't think so should get a better tv. Gower thought it was out - enough said!

    It is time for DRS to go to the 3rd umpire for all decisions & he can re-instate batsmen for incorrect calls.

  • Dummy4 on July 21, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Looks like Australian board is more of apologising more these days. Australian team used to trash every team like this in the past when Warne, Mc gratch,Hayden, Waugh, Gilchrist, Ponting etc use to play. So how do other teams feel. Frustration do brings out those kind of words which CA has twetted. So, I understand but seriously CA has made forcefully retire some good players in their team, so now unless captain comes back to his best form nothing will happen to this team batting fortunes. Shane Watson as opener is risking the best batsman in the top, so, they should ask Hughes to open the innings and bring Watson little lower in the batting order. What ever DRS is playing with Australia team.

  • Rahul on July 21, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    @Iqbal: I am referring to technology as a whole, not just the reviews initiated by players. Its high time the third umpires stop hiding behind the 'no conclusive proof' clause every single time. And if they want to do it, then they have to be consistent. Either way, I am pretty sure more people like me are in two minds about the way technology is being handled at this point than it was before the start of this series. ICC needs to act fast or I am seeing lots of money down the drain.

  • Dummy4 on July 21, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Australians have to go back in history before neutral umpire. The Australian umpires rarely give lbw or run outs decisions to the home team(refer Michael Holding comments) even if it was evident. But for the visitors it was other way round. During Monkey-gate series with India Australians were appealing for catch not taken and Pointing itself was acting like a umpire. Come on Aussies don't be a cry baby when things go against you weep like a baby and call foul. Be a man a take the punch, above all the team is sub standard and pathetic. It's 5-0

  • Dummy4 on July 21, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    General standards of umpiring and DRS-ing have been quite poor through the series actually and while the English have been quite superior in this test, they would have struggled in the earlier test had broad been given out.

    Australia on their part are desperately missing Hussey - the Orange Cap winner from IPL.

  • khadeer on July 21, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    Why do we find an excuse and question the umpire's decisions? Smith's catch was doubtful and as an Australian I do not find the umpire's call wrong. What should be debated and at some length too is our batting disgrace time and again. Anyone still thinking about a fightback should have more faith in our batting than I do. Our batting is in shambles and that includes Clarke. He has failed as have the rest of them. We have always dubbed the pommies as whinging but of late we have become better at this art.

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