NOTTINGHAM —West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite is frustrated over the “dodgy” umpiring during his side's 15-run loss to Australia and is also questioning why his team does not get as many lbw decisions as their opponents.
West Indies overturned four calls by the two umpires in Thursday’s match at Trent Bridge, including two in three balls against opener Chris Gayle in the third over of the innings by Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc.
The ball that trapped Gayle lbw in the following over from Starc should have been a free hit because of a no-ball by the Australia paceman in the previous delivery that umpire Chris Gaffaney missed.
“I don’t know if I’ll be fined for saying it,” Brathwaite said, “but I just think that the umpiring was a bit frustrating. Even when we were bowling, we thought a few balls close to head height were called wides.
“And obviously three decisions ... as far as I can remember being dodgy, it was frustrating and sent ripples through the dressing room. To lose Chris in a chase of 280, who can probably get 180 of them himself obviously, broke the start that we wanted to have. But the umpires do their job. They try to do it to the best of their ability, we as players go out there to do our job as well.”
Gayle was given out on what should have been a free hit in one of several questionable calls by umpires Chris Gaffaney and Ruchira Palliyaguruge during the West Indies’ chase.
Gayle made 21 off 17 deliveries before he was given out lbw to Starc, whose yorker struck the opener low on the back foot. Gayle reviewed for the third time in his short innings, but the replay showed the ball clipping leg stump and the decision was upheld.
But a television replay showed that Starc had clearly overstepped on the previous delivery and if Gaffaney had correctly called the no-ball, the wicket delivery would have been a free hit.
Gayle’s first review came in the third over when he drove late at Starc and was given caught behind by Gaffaney. But, incredibly, the distinct sound of ball on wood did not come from Gayle’s bat but from the ball shaving the stumps, which failed to dislodge the bails. Two balls later, Gayle was given lbw to another Starc yorker but the decision was overturned once again when the DRS showed the ball pitching outside leg stump and going down the leg side. During Starc’s next over Gayle made his third review but it was unsuccessful. It was the first time a batsman has reviewed three times in a single ODI innings.
Palliyaguruge later had two on-field decisions overturned. The first was reviewed by Jason Holder when he was given out lbw sweeping to Glenn Maxwell, the ball just pitching outside leg. Holder successfully reviewed once more, attempting to sweep Adam Zampa, with ball-tracker showing the ball would have comfortably missed leg stump.
Brathwaite also delivered a cutting assessment of officiating in general.
“I just think that for West Indies, we don’t have to use all our reviews and that some of the other teams get a chance to use theirs because every time we get hit on our pad, the finger goes up,” he said.
“When we hit the opposition on their pad, the finger stays down. So we have to use our reviews and it’s always missing and then we have to use our reviews when we’re batting as well and it’s always clipping. I’m not a technology person, I don’t know why that happens. I can just say what I have seen happen over the past few years.”
He admitted, however, that the removal of Gayle wasn’t the sole reason the West Indies failed to chase down Australia’s 288 but noted it didn’t help.
“We had eight other wickets after that and it was incumbent on us to go out there and deliver a performance which we didn’t for whatever reasons,” he said.
“We will discuss and try to rectify for the next game. Did it hamper the start? It definitely did but it didn’t cost us the game.”