Umpires not being able to spot front-foot no-balls is nothing unusual, but imagine missing 21 no-balls during a day’s play. It happened during day two of the first Test at the Gabba between Australia and Pakistan. The umpires officiating in this game are Richard Kettleborough and Richard Illingworth. Both the umpires missed a total of 21 no-balls on the day.
Pakistan teen sensation Naseem Shah got the prized wicket of David Warner caught at slip in the 27th over of the Australian innings and the umpires instantly gave it out. The umpires, for a change, decided to check the replay for over-stepping. Replays showed that Shah had overstepped and that saved Warner.
It was not the only time Shah had over-stepped, he did it earlier as well, but it went unnoticed.
Here is the video of all the 21 no-balls.
Meanwhile, unbeaten century from David Warner (151*) and half-centuries from Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne on Friday put Australia in the driver’s seat in the first Test against Pakistan at The Gabba.
At Stumps on Day 2, Australia was comfortably placed at 312/1 with Warner and Labuschagne batting on 151 and 55 respectively.
After bowling out Pakistan for 240 on the first day, thanks to Mitchell Starc’s four-wicket haul. The hosts made a prolific start on the second day as openers Warner and Burns put up a 222-run stand, tiring out the Pakistani bowlers.