Steve Smith argues with umpire: The Australian batsman didn’t seem to appreciate the umpire for denying him a run at MCG.
During the first day of the second Test of the ongoing New Zealand’s tour of Australia in Melbourne, Australia batsman Steve Smith was seen arguing with umpire Nigel Llong after the latter denied him off a leg bye off New Zealand fast bowler Neil Wagner.
It all happened on the first delivery of the 26th over when Smith appeared to duck against a short delivery from Wagner. After hitting Smith’s back, the ball traveled fine enough to allow the batsmen to sneak in a leg bye.
However, just as Smith completed the run, Llong decided to deny him a run by terming the delivery as a “dead ball”. It is worth mentioning that a batsman is not allowed to run a leg bye if he deliberately leaves the ball. In other words, a leg bye can only be run if a batsman plays a shot or evades from the ball.
With Smith not seeming to do either of the aforementioned, the umpire ruled the decision against him. Another side of argument can be that the batsman was evading from the ball. A primary reason why this looks unconvincing is because of the strange ways in which Smith leaves the ball.
To the interest of everyone, the incident happened again in the same over and resulted in the same way. Smith and Australia all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne were seen in an animated discussion with the umpires after the over.
Steve Smith argues with umpire
How Twitterati reacted:
Was Nigel Llong in the wrong here? He entered into a very animated and fierce discussion with Steve Smith about his interpretation of the dead ball rule, even at one point needing to be held back by colleague Marais Erasmus.
— 🏏FlashScore Cricket Commentators🏏 (@FlashCric) December 26, 2019
“He’s livid and rightly so.”
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) December 26, 2019
Steve Smith’s not happy with umpire Nigel Llong after a disagreement about the dead ball rule. @ShaneWarne was not kind to the ump in commentary.
— News Cricket (@NewsCorpCricket) December 26, 2019
Law 126.96.36.199 would be the clause regarding dead ball that applies. We’d have to presume that Nigel Llong understands Steve Smith’s body language accurately: pic.twitter.com/LiMynNxq7F
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) December 26, 2019
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