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Old 10th July 2020, 00:46   #1
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Quality of Umpiring 1st Test England v WI

Having spent much of the day watching day 2 of the current test series, I must admit I cannot remember seeing such inept umpiring since I was playing village cricket with team player umpiring back in the 70's.

Was it 3 or 4 decisions overturned in the WI bowling innings, the majority being LBW when the ball was shown to be hitting (not Umpires Call) the stumps given out on review. Then 2 decisions reversed to not out against WI when batting on review.

Messers Illingworth and Kettleborough had absolute howlers and IMO should have thier Elite status reviewed/revoked or at the very least be sent back to umpiring school. The attempt at overturning Joel Wilson as the worst umpire to ever grace the Elite board was creditable.

Yes, i get that due to Covid we are having to use "home" Umpires but if this is the best WE have got, we, the English are in a sorry state in the umpiring stakes. The likes of Dar, Oxenford, Erasmus and Pistol, whilst not devoid of errors are well respected with the players.

Imagine the press reporting if, for instance these decisions had been made against England in, for example India?
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Old 10th July 2020, 06:57   #2
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Kettleborough had a nightmare, giving lbw decisions to balls pitching way outside leg is village sort of stuff. I rate him too. Like the Cricketers, they must be rusty.
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A couple of the early ones were tough. I thought the Burns one was going down leg at first view whilst the Crawley one clearly had 2 noises, just that the first was bat hitting pad. The others were less questionable.

Agree with MRNC that rustiness is probably an issue, they've not umpired for 6 months either. I'm sure they're feeling a bit guilty about the situation.
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Good job for DRS or the umpiring would have been the major talking point of the match so far.
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Old 10th July 2020, 12:49   #5
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Bit harsh on the Umpires I think ,given the current situation we find ourselves in,the lack of cricket and the sheer weirdness of this series.
If they are still crap later on in the summer thats another matter,but for the moment we are lucky to see any cricket at all.
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Old 10th July 2020, 12:51   #6
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Good decision by Illingworth this morning where England reviewed and he was shown to be correct.
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Old 11th July 2020, 01:19   #7
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Think it’s extremely harsh to judge them when they are out of practice. Can’t be easy going from sitting at home for 4 months to the intensity of a test match and concentrating for 7 hours solid. They got decisions wrong but they were marginal rather than howlers it’s just that technology has given us exact decisions when once there would be huge margin for errors. Plus it’s that much easier to call watching a slow motion replay than out in the middle.
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Old 11th July 2020, 03:07   #8
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Give the Umpires a break, it's been nearly half a year since one even looked at a cricket ball. They will find their groove again, just be patient.
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The problem with the umpires was they were too ready to take the players off for light. We lost far too much time.
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The problem with the umpires was they were too ready to take the players off for light. We lost far too much time.
In an era where day/night tests are becoming more common it seems mad that we can lose so much time to poor light. Cricket does itself no favours sometimes.
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Clearly after the decision against Shan, Illingworth is still "rusty"

Gough on the on the other hand is fully warmed up.....
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Clearly after the decision against Shan, Illingworth is still "rusty"

Gough on the on the other hand is fully warmed up.....
Infact Illy is positively sharp compared with the decision Darren Bravo got today.
Clearly even if the ball pitches (a good!) 4 inches outside your leg stump from Rashid's right arm over you are out in the CPL.

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Edit: Pollards 72 off 28 balls with 9 sixes evened up the issue!
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Infact Illy is positively sharp compared with the decision Darren Bravo got today.
Clearly even if the ball pitches (a good!) 4 inches outside your leg stump from Rashid's right arm over you are out in the CPL.

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Edit: Pollards 72 off 28 balls with 9 sixes evened up the issue!
I saw that but thought it was too high rather than pitching outside leg though Bravo was plumb lbw the previous ball but not given so he can't complain. The umpiring was really poor, surprised no DRS or ball tracking.
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