Australian captain Mitchell Marsh regrets not appealing properly as a bizarre incident unfolded during Sunday’s Twenty20 against the West Indies in Adelaide.
The Aussies easily caught Windies batter Alzarri Joseph short of the crease when the visitors needed 52 runs off 10 balls.
Joseph had smacked a Spencer Johnson delivery straight to Marsh, who threw the ball in when the batters took off for a run and Johnson whipped the bails off at the non-striker’s end. Replays showed Joseph was short of the crease by almost a metre.
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Umpire Gerard Aboud looked around for an appeal but found none, and so opted not to even send the decision up for a video review, meaning Joseph couldn’t be given out.
Aussie fielder Tim David in particular was fuming at the situation, claiming he did appeal and Aboud simply didn’t hear him.
“This is a joke mate… Just say you were wrong and give it out,” David could be heard saying, as skipper Marsh tried to calm his troops.
Now the T20 captain is unlikely to make the same mistake again when the two teams meet for the second match in Perth on Tuesday night.
Aboud was technically correct not to give Joseph out given he felt no Aussie players appealed.
“My thoughts were I probably should have appealed,” Marsh said on Monday.
“If you look back, it was probably the right call.
“There were certain guys I thought they appealed on the boundary, but ultimately I see it as any umpiring decision, we respect it, and we’ve moved on.”
Australian century-maker Glenn Maxwell was one fielder who believed he did appeal the run-out, but was ignored by Aboud.
But he defended the umpire post-match, suggesting he and his teammates should have made their appeals louder.
“I understand, it wasn’t like a screaming appeal from everyone,” Maxwell said.
“We thought it was pretty close, and there were a few of us sort of putting their hands up.
“It was just confusing … just a weird one, one of those weird rules in cricket. We should probably just be a little bit louder with our appeals.”