Worst Umpiring Decisions in the First Ashes Test

Worst Umpiring Decisions in the First Ashes Test

The rivalry between Australia and England is one of the fiercest sporting clashes in the world. The first test of the ashes was really a spectacle, but it was marred by arbitrary gaffes. Field referees Joel Wilson and Aleem Dar made more than 15 erroneous decisions. Refereeing has been a heated debate over the past few days with former cricketers who have shared their views.

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has suggested that with all the proposed technology, neutral referees are not a necessity and that he will raise the issue at the next MCC World Cricket Committee. I would like to think that the game is advanced enough that the game is not made up of neutral referees. People might say that with all the technology we have now, it does not matter that much. But it’s not a good show when very bad decisions are obviously made. The DRS has been very negativity over the years, but we are rather fortunate to have had it last night. For his part, England captain Joe Root urged former cricketers not to over-criticize, saying that “refereeing will never be perfect.”

Players make bad decisions from time to time – and as a result, lose their wicket or get shot from the attack. Referees are going to make mistakes. It would be easy to criticize too much and point fingers. We have to respect and understand that they are under so much pressure from the players. Here is the detail of all the bad calls from referees during the first Test of the Ashes 2019 Series, which also marked the start of the Test Championship. According to reports, Joel Wilson has had a horrible journey. He obtained 10 erroneous decisions that were revised in Decision Review System or miscalled but not reviewed by the batsman or pitcher, while Aleem Dar was deceived by 5 decisions.

Umpire Batsman Bowler Over Decision DRS Overturned
Aleem Dar David Warner Stuart Broad 1.1 Not-Out
Aleem Dar David Warner Stuart Broad 3.5 Out
Joel Wilson Usman Khawaja Chris Woakes 14.2 Not-Out
Aleem Dar Steve Smith Stuart Broad 33.5 Out
Joel Wilson Mathew Wade Chris Woakes 34.6 Not-Out
Aleem Dar James Pattinson Stuart Broad 39.6 Out
Joel Wilson Peter Siddle Chris Woakes 46.1 Out
Joel Wilson Rory Burns Nathan Lyon 14.2 Not-Out
Joel Wilson Joe Root James Pattinson 20.6 Out
Aleem Dar Joe Root Peter Siddle 33.2 Out