The game is far from dusted at Lord’s. The second Test of the Ashes has thrown up quite a few grievances for the Australian team, who conceded history in seventy-five years!
The Australians would like to believe that their history at Lord’s would not have suffered quite the beating had the umpires cooperated in getting their act together.
The Australian media came down heavily on the Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, for getting into a confrontational argument with Kevin Pietersen and umpire Rudi Koertzen over the dismissal against Ravi Bopara that was turned down.
Koertzen may be standing in a landmark 100th Test as umpire but he was not getting Australia’s vote or applause for that matter. Three decisions in Australia’s second innings alone contributed to the grouse.
Simon Katich was dismissed by Andrew Flintoff but as replays revealed, it was a no ball. To make matters worse, Mike Hussey’s dismissal appeared dubious as it appeared that Hussey’s bat hit the pad and perhaps had no contact with the ball. But the matter that caused quite the stir was the Phillip Hughes catch by the England captain, Andrew Strauss. The umpires failed to consult the third umpire over the legitimacy of the catch that appeared unclear.
Australia have something to ride up the wall about, a shame in what has been a fine England effort to finally put their history against Australia at Lord’s to rest.