IND vs ENG : England demands third umpire consistency after rushed decisions


After a couple of rushed third umpire decisions went India’s way, England were visibly infuriated and thus an ECB spokesperson revealed that the team management took the matter to Match Referee Javagal Srinath and asked for consistency in decision making.

Yesterday, England were totally infuriated on the field after a couple of decisions went against them. Firstly, it was a catch by Cheteshwar Pujara which was given in India’s favour without the third umpire zooming it in. Subsequently, a stumping appeal by Ben Foakes against Rohit Sharma was turned down in a similar scenario.

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Joe Root was livid in his approach and he argued with the on-field umpire about the decision that came from Chettithody Shamshuddin and at the conclusion of the day, Root and Silverwood spoke with the match referee Javagal Srinath to ask for more “consistency” in the third umpire process.

“The England captain and head coach spoke with the match referee after play. The captain and head coach acknowledged the challenges the umpires faced and asked respectfully that in making any decisions there was consistency in the process. The match referee said the captain was asking the right questions of the umpires,” an ECB spokesperson said.

Crawley speaks about England’s frustrations

In the day-end press conference, Zak Crawley, England’s most successful batsman on Day 1, stated that while they checked for a lot of angles when Jack Leach’s catch, the same was not followed for the Indian batsmen, for which they were frustrated.

“When we batted, Jack Leach had a similar one where it didn’t quite carry and it seemed like they looked at it five or six different angles. When we were fielding they looked at it from one angle. That’s probably where the frustration lies. I can’t say whether they were out or not out but I think the frustration was not checking four or five angles.”