West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph was involved in a controversial moment, to no fault of his own, during the second Australia vs West Indies T20I on Sunday in Adelaide.
Australia recorded a comfortable 34-run win over West Indies courtesy of a stunning century from Glenn Maxwell. But the end of the game was marred by some drama which led to Tim David and Mitchell Marsh fuming.
On the third ball of the 19th over of West Indies’ innings, Alzarri Joseph drove a full ball from Spencer Johnson to cover and set off for a single. The cover fielder picked the ball and fired the throw to Johnson who whipped the bails off and without showing any interest in the run-out simply jogged back to his bowling mark.
Why was Alzarri Joseph not given run out?
Umpire Gerard Abood looked around and since there was no appeal – as he claims – from any Australian player, he picked the bails and put it back on the stumps. The replay on the giant screen in the stadium revealed that Alzarri Joseph was run out.
Mitchell Marsh, the Australian captain, was livid and inquired with umpire Gerard Abood who said, “Stop, stop, stop…there was no appeal.” Tim David, though, insisted that he had appealed and looked upset and furious.
With the players still protesting, umpire Abood told them, “Can we get on with the game, guys…guys we are getting into real poor territory.”
This incident created controversy, sending the fans looking in the laws book.
Law 31.3, timing of appeals, states: “For an appeal to be valid, it must be made before the bowler begins his/her run-up or, if there is no run-up, his/her bowling action to deliver the next ball, and before Time has been called.”
There is no mention in the laws about an appeal being made after the replay has been shown on the giant screen. Alzarri Joseph was asked to continue with his innings, but that didn’t change the result as Australia were way ahead in the game.