New Delhi: Bizarre scenes unfolded in the closing stages of the second T20I between Australia and West Indies in Adelaide as the home side was denied a run out by the umpire Gerard Abood who ruled that the Kangaroos did not appeal for it in the given time frame. It was during the 19th over’s third delivery when Spencer Johnson bowled it to Alzarri Joseph and he drove to cover for a run.
Skipper Mitchell Marsh collected the ball and threw it back to Johnson who broke the stumps at the bowler’s end. Usually, the players would appeal even if the batter is way inside but the Aussies didn’t bother to raise their voices. Even Johnson immediately started walking back to his mark for the run-up and Marsh was seemingly frustrated over not being able to hit the stumps direct.
On the TV broadcast, Abood could be heard talking to what it looked like to the TV umpire over his radio – “No appeal.” The replay was quickly brought up by the broadcasters who displayed it on the big screen as well with Joseph clearly out of the crease, only when Australia started to celebrate. Abood, nonetheless, stood firm on his decision that there was no appeal and it was too late for it now. The players quickly started to gather around him who tried stopping them.
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Extremely bizarre scenes were witnessed at Adelaide Oval.
Spencer Johnson & Mitchell Marsh attempted a run out against Alzarri Joseph and didn’t appeal
Spencer Johnson moved on for his next run up, and later, the big screen showed Alzarri Joseph clearly short of his ground. pic.twitter.com/Y69aFJbY1e
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Tim David was heard insisting that he had appealed and a voice uttered “this is ridiculous.” David Warner was heard saying “it’s an umpire error.” Abood insisted that they get on with the play and eventually, Johnson sent down his over’s next.
What does the rule state?
Law 31.3 of the timing of appeals states: “For an appeal to be valid, it must be made before the bowler begins his/her run-up or, if there is no run-up, his/her bowling action to deliver the next ball, and before Time has been called.” There’s clearly no particular reference in the rule book for an appeal coming after a replay has been displayed on the big screen. But there are guidelines for replays not being shown on the screen when a team appeals and takes a DRS until the 15 seconds have elapsed.
However the incident did not impact Australia’s result who were into the game since quite a few overs, probably one of the reasons they didn’t look excited when Joseph ran out. Australia beat West Indies by 34 runs to claim the three-match T20I series, going 2-0 up.