Moeen Ali’s controversial stumping seems to have grabbed the limelight after Australia crushed England by 10 wickets in the first Test of the Ashes. With that, Australia snatched an early advantage in the all-important Ashes at home. For England, it is time to pull up their socks and look to equalise in the second Test, which will certainly be an uphill task for the visitors.
The first Test saw many moments that were memorable but one that stood out was the controversial stumping of Moeen Ali. The incident also came as a turning point in the match as England were trying to make a comeback in the match after being pushed to a corner by Australia.
Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow were getting things back on track when a drifter from Nathan Lyon came in and missed the southpaw who was stretching out to meet the ball. Once he missed the ball, wicketkeeper Tim Paine whipped the bails off in a flash.
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The on-field umpire decided to consult the third umpire. The replays revealed that Ali’s back leg was on the crease when he was dismissed. The rulebook says some part of the body or bat has to be behind that line. Replays showed it was a touch too close and some felt the benefit of the doubt should have gone in the batsman’s favour. The third umpire, however, thought otherwise and Ali was declared out.
Moeen Ali on THAT dismissal… #Ashes pic.twitter.com/EUQnMeEvPk
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 26, 2017
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After the day’s play, Ali said,
As for the stumping, if I’d been bowling I’d have wanted the batsman to be given out. It depends what angle you look at it from. You have to respect the umpire’s call and move on. I felt I was OK, but the replay looked tight. I was disappointed I got out in that fashion.
I was more disappointed with the time I got out because Jonny (Bairstow) and I were building a good partnership.
After the first Test, Australia leads the Ashes series by 1-0 with the second Test scheduled to play on December 2 in Adelaide.
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