There is no shortage of drama and action whatsoever in an Ashes series. On Day 2 of the Gabba Test in Brisbane, controversy erupted when Ben Stokes dismissed David Warner for 17, only to be denied a wicket because of the no-ball.
Later it was revealed that the England all-rounder had bowled three no-balls on the previous three deliveries. Channel 7 highlighted that Stokes had overstepped 14 times in the opening session, of which only two were called.
Warner cashed on the reprieve and scored 94 runs. Meanwhile, the umpiring blunder invited severe criticism from the cricket fraternity. New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham, who is very active on social media took a dig at umpires by posting a sarcastic Tweet.
"When the only explanation is "uhhhh I forgot that was my job lol"," Neesham tweeted, quoting a compilation video of Stokes' no-balls.
When the only explanation is “uhhhh I forgot that was my job lol” https://t.co/LquKC1uJyz
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) December 9, 2021
Cricket Australia (CA) later revealed that due to a technological glitch, third umpire Paul Wilson could not monitor no balls and the decision to check the same was left on the on-field umpires.
England needed to make a strong comeback on Day 2 after being shot down for 147. Warner’s wicket at that crucial juncture would have given the team some opening. Instead, his 94 runs set things up nicely for Australia and allowed them to have a huge lead of 278 runs in the first innings.
On Day 3 of the Gabba Test, the visitors lost both their openers Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns for 27 and 13 respectively. England skipper Joe Root and Dawid Malan, however, has held fort for the team since then. The team is now only trailing by 58 runs, with Root and Malan batting and 86 and 80 respectively. Meanwhile, the hosts posted a commanding 425 in their first inning. Travis Head scored a brilliant 152.