The first Test of the Ashes series between Australia and England is being played at the Gabba Ground in Brisbane. The first session of the second day of the match was entirely in the name of Australia. After England were bowled out for 147 on the first day, Australia were 113 for one at lunch break on the second day. After the wicket of Marcus Harris, David Warner and Marnus Labushen did not allow a single wicket to fall and put the team in a strong position. Warner, meanwhile, was lucky to be bowled by Ben Stokes, but the no-ball kept him at the crease.
The controversy started with Stokes’ first over. In the 13th over of Australia’s innings, skipper Joe Root handed the ball to Ben Stokes. Four runs were scored on the first three balls and Warner Klein was bowled on the fourth ball. He was found to be no-ball by a TV umpire. At that time, Warner was playing with 17 runs. A later replay showed that Stokes also had a no ball in the first three balls, which was ignored by the TV umpire.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has expressed displeasure. That said, if the job of a TV umpire is to check a no-ball and he can’t do it, then I think it’s utter nonsense. Warner took full advantage of the life he got by being bold on Stokes’ no-ball.