Australian, The – CRICKET’S credibility is on trial in the second Test, following secret videos revealing Australia was no-balled towards defeat in Adelaide.
- Incredible footage captured by broadcasters during a dramatic first Test decided by just 31 runs and seen by News Corp, shows India spearhead Ishant Sharma bowling at least 16 uncalled front-foot no balls in just the first innings.
- Broadcasters are forced to foot the International Cricket Council’s $30,000 daily bill for DRS technology and there is growing bemusement that the third umpire doesn’t even bother to check available footage to adjudicate on no balls.
- Regulations stipulate that cameras must be situated on the line of the crease on both sides of the field and both ends of the wicket — yet third umpires refuse to use the instant footage, except when a wicket falls.
- No-balls escaping the umpire’s attention was also a massive talking point in the recent England-Sri Lanka Test series where Sri Lankan spinner Lakshan Sandakan dismissed Ben Stokes twice, only to have the decisions reversed when the third umpire checked the front foot.
- The blunders prompted Sky TV to review footage of his entire bowling innings and the results were unbelievable — with 40 per cent of his deliveries in the opening session on day three clearly front-foot no-balls that went unpunished.