Tom Cooper: The batsman from Brisbane Heat became victim of an umpiring howlers against Adelaide Strikers at the Gabba.
During the 13th match of the ongoing 10th season of the Big Bash League between Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers in Brisbane, Brisbane Heat batsman Tom Cooper became victim of a disastrous umpiring decision which once again brought the lack of DRS into spotlight.
It all happened on the second delivery of the 12th over when Cooper unsuccessfully reverse swept Strikers spinner Danny Briggs. Having got into the position, Cooper ended up edging the delivery on to his right leg.
With the ball hitting the batsman’s leg, the bowling team was involved in a loud appeal which fetched a positive but incorrect response from the umpire.
While Cooper immediately expressed disappointment of being at the receiving end of a howler, commentators and former cricketers in Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds criticized the absence of DRS in a tournament of BBL’s stature.
Chasing a 151-run target, the hosts were found struggling in the second innings. While regular captain Chris Lynn’s absence hurt them without a doubt, the batsmen on duty neither saved their wickets nor kept up with a mediocre required run rate.
Disastrous umpiring decision send back Tom Cooper in Heat vs Strikers clash
— Brisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) December 23, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
How indeed. Just in case you were wondering what I was referring to… https://t.co/Br1pYtc8pw
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) December 23, 2020
Ok, enough is enough! Something has to be done here!!! It’s not the first season the umpiring has been a problem!!! Forget new rules! Let’s get blokes who know the rules umpiring the game first!! #DRS
— Ryan Harris (@r_harris413) December 23, 2020
— Kate Cross (@katecross16) December 23, 2020
This is incredibly frustrating.
— Ric Finlay (@RicFinlay) December 23, 2020
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