Naseem Shah’s no ball, which delayed his maiden Test wicket of David Warner, was one of the most talked-about moments on Day 2 of the first Test between Australia and Pakistan Test at the Gabba, Brisbane. However, that was not the only no ball on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Joel Wilson missed, as a total of 21 no ball calls went uncalled for in the first two sessions of Day 2 on Friday.
“That’s not good enough”
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Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting was not happy with the blunders and was worried about the directive on-field umpires are following.
“I understand the reason they’re not calling a lot of them. Obviously, if they call a no-ball and a wicket falls that’s shown not to be a no-ball, they can’t change it,” Ponting told cricket.com.au in an interview.
“I know they’re under pressure with that and I’m not blaming the umpires at all because if they had it their way, I’m sure they wouldn’t want to be making 21 incorrect decisions a day, which is what they’ve done.”
The 44-year-old also recalled the Test in the last summer when Ishant Sharma bowled more than 30 no balls that went uncalled. The World Cup-winning captain feels that they are not even looking at the front line.
After escaping the early fright off Naseem Shah’s bowling, Warner went on to score 154 runs from 296 deliveries, his first ton in 18 Test innings.
On Day 3, Marnus Labuschagne’s 185 helped Australia post a total of 580 in the first innings and take a massive 340-run lead. In reply, Pakistan are struggling having lost three wickets for 64 runs with Babar Azam and Shan Masood trying to get the innings back on track.
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