Umpire Bruce Oxenford earned the ire of Shane Warne, one of the on-air commentators for Fox Cricket, on Day 2 of the 1st Test between India and Australia.
Warne had a go at Oxenford, whose playing career as a spinner in Australian domestic cricket incidentally overlapped with Warne’s in the early 1990s, in the last session of the day after Oxenford gave Nathan Lyon out lbw despite an inside edge.
“People have said to me outside the back of this ground that you might be a tough on Bruce Oxenford, but you can’t keep getting these decisions wrong,” Warne said on Fox Cricket. “This is a huge mistake. Look how much that deviates. You could hear the two noises straight away. What is Bruce Oxenford looking at? He is having an absolute stinker Bruce Oxenford,” Warne said.
He said, “He just continually makes errors like this. We saw yesterday he gave a short run to India, which just wasn’t a short run. Everyone can make a mistake, but he has made three or four.”
A clear run given short by Bruce Oxenford. pic.twitter.com/bvTEh8ZxbB
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Warne added that such umpiring errors can make cricketers lose their careers, talking about Joe Burns’s dismissal earlier in the day. Burns had gone for the Review but DRS had gone with ‘umpire’s call’, and so the dismissal had stood.
I don’t think Bruce Oxenford is the best ump in the world by any means, but Shane Warne’s having a real unnecessary go at him. And calling Burns’ decision a mistake is ridiculous. If you have a problem with ‘umpires call’ that’s fine, but that’s not an obvious error whatsoever.
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“Umpires can end your careers. Joe Burns’ decision was probably going down leg side but because of umpires call is still in play and it was maybe clipping maybe missing. But because he gave him out it gets given. He could cost Joe Burns his career by these mistakes,” Warne said.
India took the upper hand over Australia in the Test on Day 2, as the hosts were bundled out for 191 in their first innings.