Farcical Cricket Scenes As Players Forced To Overrule Umpire
Great sportsmanship. Not-so-great umpiring.
The Big Bash is slated as being the fast-paced version of cricket -- but farcical scenes led to a drawn-out and delayed game after long replays and a shocking umpiring decision.
The season-opening match between Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers saw a dodgy umpiring decision followed by a great show of sportsmanship.
The on-field officials sent a possible run out of the Heat's James Pattinson to the third umpire, after they were unable to make the call.
After watching the replay many, many times, the third umpire gave it out. To the horror of the Gabba crowd, the players and the on-field umpires.
Commentator Andrew Symonds summed it up best when he asked: "Has he pushed the wrong button?"
On-field umpire Simon Fry sent a message back to the third umpire just to make sure everyone was on the same page -- they weren't.
A few minutes of standing around saw Pattinson begin his walk off, and captain Chris Lynn had a few things to say to the fourth umpire.
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But in a great show of sportsmanship, the Strikers called back Pattinson, having watched the not-run-out on the big screens.
They withdrew their appeal and let Pattinson rightfully bat on.
Pattinson finally resumed his innings, only to be sent back to the pavilion in the same over, in less time than the umpire's call took.