Night Shift Logic: Umpires and Dodgy Decisions

Posted on July 13, 2013


The first Ashes test has been a thriller all the way through its 3 days so far. There has been so much to remind you just exactly why the sport has the pull it does to its fans, and then some. Whether it was Jimmy Anderson’s wonder delivery to dismiss Michael Clarke, or Ashton Agar’s debut innings of a lifetime, or the fightback of Ian Bell and Stuart Broad yesterday, it has been gripping from start to middle. Unfortunately however, controversy has taken over, in the form of some particularly poor umpiring decisions. A clear stumping was missed when Agar was a mere 6 runs into his 98 run record breaking start, then Jonathan Trott was given out because hawk eye was dozing. It all came to a head yesterday when Stuart Broad was given not out off the bowling of Agar, despite it being pretty blatant that the guy was out. There have been all sorts of calls for more technology in the game, as well as some form of punishment for Broad for not walking.

All of the above is ridiculous. The DRS system was brought into help the game, not overtake it. Focusing on the odd mistake (and they really are incredibly rare, considering the speed at which the game is played) really deters from the generally fantastic job that modern day umpires do. As well, for England to allow Agar to score 98 at all was ridiculous, dodgy umpire decision early on or not. Secondly, Broad should most definitely not be punished in the slightest. If you punish a batsman for not walking when he knows he is out, you must then punish every bowler that appeals wildly even though they are fully aware there is no bat involved or that the LBW decision is impossible. Consistency please.

Oh, and more wonderful cricket.