IND vs ENG 3rd Test: England urge TV umpires to be more consistent
England cricket team captain Joe Root and coach Chris Silverwood have asked for consistency from the TV umpires after they felt that the decisions have been made unusually quickly. It is said that both Root and Silverwood went to see the match referee Javagal Srinath after the end of Day 1's play of the ongoing third Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad to express their discontent for as many as two incidents, which they felt were made without conclusive evidence.
The first incident involved Shubman Gill when the opener awkwardly edged the ball off Stuart Broad's delivery and Ben Stokes, standing at the second slip got his hand on the ball and the players started celebrating. The joy, however, was short-lived as TV umpire, C Shamshuddin, made a quick decision after looking at the incident just from one angle. The Indian opener was adjudged not-out and Stokes evidently expressed his displeasure.
"The England captain and head coach spoke with the match referee after play," an England team spokesperson said in the report.
"The captain and head coach acknowledged the challenges the umpires faced and asked respectfully that in making any decisions there was consistency in the process. The match referee said the captain was asking the right questions of the umpires."
The second incident came during a stumping appeal by England when wicketkeeper Ben Foakes though he has caught Rohit Sharma off guard, but the visitors felt the decision was made rather quickly and that the assistance of other camera angles was not considered.
England batsman Zak Crawly spoke about the incident and urged the umpire to check the incidents ‘more thoroughly’.
"It's very frustrating," Crawley, whose fluent 53 was the highest score in England's first innings total of 112, told a video news conference.
"We’re behind the game and we need those little 50-50s to go our way. It seemed like none of them went our way today," he said.
"When we batted Jack had one where it didn’t quite carry and it seemed like they looked at it from five or six different angles. When we were fielding it seemed like they looked at it from one angle. That’s where the frustrations lie.
"I can't say whether they were out or not out, but I think the frustrations lie with not checking more thoroughly."