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Controversial no-ball decision attracts ire of greats
Gabba: Australia vs Pakistan 2019

Controversial no-ball decision attracts ire of greats

Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan put up a defiant show with a boundary-laden 34-ball 37 on the opening day of the first Test against Australia. Coming into bat with his side in dire straits, Rizwan’s counter-charge was short-lived as he was given out under contentious circumstances.

Pat Cummins had Rizwan nick behind to Tim Paine shortly after tea but replays indicated no part of the bowler’s heel was behind the line. With the evidence in front of the viewers, the third umpire still decided to stay with the on-field decision and Rizwan had to trudge back to the pavilion dejectedly.

Rizwan’s dismissal soon attracted the wrath of several former Aussie greats, who were not impressed with the umpire’s assessment of the situation. “That's not very close. He's a fast bowler, you've got to be behind the line,” Ricky Ponting claimed. Adam Gilchrist also tweeted his displeasure and demonstrated it alongside Brett Lee.