Australian, The – THE quality of umpiring in the Big Bash has joined a long list of review topics for Cricket Australia after what Melbourne Stars captain Glenn Maxwell called an “extraordinary” decision in Perth on Sunday night.


  • Melbourne opener Ben Dunk was given out caught by TV umpire Simon Lightbody in his team’s 27-run loss, despite Scorchers’ fielder Nick Hobson declaring he didn’t take the catch cleanly.
  • Perth fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile started walking back to his mark but the umpires intervened after a request from Perth keeper Cameron Bancroft to have a look at it.
  • Despite replays proving inconclusive, the on-field “soft” signal from the umpires was out and Lightbody didn’t overrule it.
  • “Bancroft asked for it to be had a look at and somehow the umpire has come up with that’s out.
  • The controversial decision follows several incidents this season involving the umpires.

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