On the final day of the second Ashes Test, Australia’s batsman Marnus Labuschagne – who was brought in the game as International cricket’s first-ever concussion replacement – was caught by English skipper Joe Root. The catch not being completely clean stirred a controversy as cricket pundits were divided into two groups advocating or going against its legitimacy.
Australia’s former paceman Andy Bichel has recently joined this debate as he came forward to share extremely harsh comments. The 48-year old is of the opinion that Joe wasn’t able to grasp the ball cleanly and still appealed for the catch. All this moved him to call this fielding effort an act of ‘blatant cheating’.
Bichel added that the TV replays clearly indicated towards the catch not being clean and to see an experienced cricketer doing it was very disappointing. Moreover, considering it against the spirt of the game, the Queensland born said that not scoring runs in Ashes is mounting on Root which might have moved him to do this. On the other hand, Root remained firm on his claim of taking a clean catch.