England v Australia, 4th Investec Ashes Test, Durham, 2nd day

Umpire's call, decision overturned

Plays of the day from the second day of the Chester-le-Street Test

George Dobell and Brydon Coverdale at Chester-le-Street

August 10, 2013

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Alastair Cook speaks to Tony Hill after a DRS appeal was overturned, England v Australia, 4th Investec Ashes Test, 2nd day, Chester-le-Street, August 10, 2013
Alastair Cook asks Tony Hill to clarify the review involving Chris Rogers © Getty Images
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Wise calls of the day
Twice Alastair Cook was pressed by his bowlers to ask for lbw reviews that they were convinced were out. Twice Cook declined to give in to them - wisely. On the first occasion, Shane Watson lunged forward to defend off Stuart Broad, and the bowler seemed certain the ball had flicked the pad on the way through to the bat. Replays showed it was a perfect forward defence with no hint of pad. Smiles went through the England cordon when the big screen revealed Broad's misjudgement. Later, Jonathan Trott rapped Chris Rogers on the pads with his part-time medium offerings and wanted a review. You didn't have to be a trained lip-reader to understand Trott's words to Cook: "Definitely pitched in line." Replays showed the ball had pitched well outside leg.

Decision of the day
It says much about umpire Tony Hill's decision-making in this series that he was at the centre of yet more DRS intrigue. Here Hill gave Rogers out to a catch behind the wicket off the bowling of Broad when the batsman was on 20 only for Rogers to utilise a review. That review showed that Rogers had not hit the ball but suggested that the ball would have hit the stumps in the margin of 'umpire's call'. As a result England celebrated, thinking that the 'umpire's call' verdict covered any appeal off the delivery and not specifically the decision about the catch. But Aleem Dar, the other on-field umpire, stepped in to clarify that Rogers should be given not out as Hill's original decision had not applied to an lbw appeal. It was a circuitous route to making the correct decision.

Drop of the day
Maybe it was fitting that Rogers should bring up his half-century with an edge to slip that was dropped and ran away for a single. Rogers' innings, much like Cook's the day before, had been torturous. But despite playing and missing often, Roger continued to battle and provided just the contribution Australia required to keep them in the game. The edge, off the bowling of the deserving Broad, was dropped by Graeme Swann, diving low to his right and coming close to taking an outstanding catch at second slip. But, had Swann left the ball, it may well have carried to Cook at first slip and would have reduced Australia to 89 for 5.

Tune of the day
It was always likely that Watson would be haunted by memories of his first visit to Durham and Lumley Castle, in particular. In 2005, Watson was so perturbed by what he took to be a ghost in the room of his hotel in the castle that he asked to move rooms. He also reportedly spent one night sleeping on the floor of Brett Lee's room. The England supporters will never let him forget it so, when Watson came out to bat, Billy Cooper, the Barmy Army trumpeter, played the theme from the film Ghostbusters.

Miss of the day
As Tim Bresnan tormented Watson with the moving ball, a weird subplot almost threatened to take the biggest star, DRS, off the back pages. Watson had wafted at a ball he was only going to edge and, amid the excitement, oohs and aahs, he tried to pretend it was business as usual and walked down the wicket to do some gardening. Then Matt Prior rolled the ball at the stumps, with Watson still out of his ground as it rolled past. Prior then talked to umpire Hill, perhaps asking if the ball had hit the stumps, would it have been out. Watson wandered slowly back into his ground.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (August 11, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

Chris Howard that is a ridiculous statement saying did he give him not out lbw because if he gave him out caught it matters not due to the fact that he thought he hit it so if the catch wasn't taken it would of been not out cos tony hill thought Rogers hit the ball. And when you said "when did the umpire say not out LBW? Certainly not by saying out caught" that is a horrible statement because by saying out caught he is exactly saying not out LBW

Posted by   on (August 11, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

@ Daniel Aebi on (August 11, 2013, 5:27 GMT) "Um Prior it Would not have been out, as it cant be a run out if Batsman has finished his stroke and doesnt attempt a Run,"

But he would have been out stumped!

Posted by Chris_Howard on (August 11, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

"It was a circuitous route to making the correct decision."

But it exposed a serious flaw. After the caught was overturned, did England get given the opportunity to appeal for LBW? Did the onfield umpire ever make any call on LBW?

It doesn't add up right. If the verdict is "umpire's call", when did the umpire say "Not out LBW"?? Certainly not by saying "Out caught".

The whole thing became a farce that needs to be fixed.

You could go back to the field first to let the bowling team decide if they want to appeal the LBW and risk another lost referral.

But that's as messy as it sounds, especially with them having watched replays already.

The solution is remove the "umpire's call". So, Rogers would have been not out caught, but out LBW. And there'd be no confusion or farce.

Some may argue that ball tracking is predictive so we need the margin of error. But umpire's themselves are guesstimating many LBW decisions.

So, let's get rid of the "umpire's call"

Posted by   on (August 11, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

Um Prior it Would not have been out, as it cant be a run out if Batsman has finished his stroke and doesnt attempt a Run, Simple as that

Posted by ClippedThroughMid-Wicket on (August 11, 2013, 3:05 GMT)

warner will come good. this has obviously not been his series. he showed what he can do at old trafford if he applies himself. he needs to fight like a crazed demon and then his scores will come good.

Posted by dinosaurus on (August 11, 2013, 0:52 GMT)

I don't think that Rogers innings can fairly be described as tortuous (note spelling)! While Cook lagged behind his partner in the partnerships, Rogers dominated the early partnerships and didn't lag behind Watson either. So far Cook, Trott, Rogers and Watson are the only batsmen with significant contributions in what looks like a low scoring match.

Posted by dinosaurus on (August 11, 2013, 0:52 GMT)

I don't think that Rogers innings can fairly be described as tortuous (note spelling)! While Cook lagged behind his partner in the partnerships, Rogers dominated the early partnerships and didn't lag behind Watson either. So far Cook, Trott, Rogers and Watson are the only batsmen with significant contributions in what looks like a low scoring match.

Posted by tahalateef on (August 10, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

I think Watson has played well enough. Let's give him a break.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (August 10, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

Inevitability of the day: another failure for Warner. When are Australia going to accept the fact he is not suitable for test cricket? An SOS has to be sent for another Rogers/Clarke-like layer immediately.

Posted by KhanMitch on (August 10, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

I have to say that umpiring has been better in this game. after Khawaja's terrible decision last game umpires have been more cautious this game and common sense has prevailed.

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