Australian all-rounder Cameron Green missed Ben Stokes’ key wicket after a bizarre bail controversy during the fourth Ashes Test at SCG.
Stokes was fired by referee Paul Reiffel following an appeal from Australia, after hearing a loud bang as the 134km / h delivery passed the batsman.
But – as you can watch in the video above – an examination showed that the Kookaburra had in fact struck a stump without threatening to drop a bond.
“I’ve never seen this happen. Do you, Ricky, Blewey? Said Channel 7 commentator Alison Mitchell, who initially thought Stokes was upset.
Former test player Greg Blewett replied, “No, I’ve never seen a ball hit the stump so hard and the bond doesn’t come off. It is quite amazing.
Stokes immediately considered lbw’s appeal and spoke to Aussie drummer Marnus Labuschagne about the bail.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting noted that the scenario can occur with the heavier “zing” light bets used in Big Bash and day-night cricket.
But the wooden bails remaining in place were a sight to behold.
“I’ve never seen them play like this. We saw a few underarm throws, direct hits, on stumps that fail to drop the bonds, ”Ponting said.
“It’s a huge deviation, which hit the stump hard.
“It actually just made the stump move sideways. The groove of the bail remained in the groove of the stump.
“Sometimes you see that when you use the zing balls, the slightly heavier balls. But that there, it is extreme.
Former test referee Simon Taufel has confirmed that at least one bond must be withdrawn for a wicket to be given.
Stokes’ sacking would have reduced England to 5-57 in response to Australia’s declared 8-416.
Fan reportedly kicked out after Stokes pulled over
Stokes (52 not withdrawn) and Jonny Bairstow (45 not withdrawn) helped England reach 4-135 in tea.
But the successful mid-session was marred when the batsmen were reportedly abused by a punter as they reached the locker room.
Stokes and Bairstow paused to listen, the former watching the latter offering his own words of encouragement.
“Jonny Bairstow is just asking the question, maybe, asking them to repeat what has been said,” Blewett said.
The fan was reportedly kicked out by security.
Watch the situation unfold in the video below
An Englishman attacks a possible broken thumb
Bairstow has reached his half-century and looked set to continue until his sleeves threatened to crumble.
The 32-year-old was hit in the thumb by an upward delivery from Australia captain Pat Cummins.
The batter immediately suffered, moving away from the pitch as the team’s physio entered the pitch to assess the injury.
Bairstow refused to retire injured despite some concerns from England coaches on the border.
He smashed two sixes and a border to advance in the ’80s, helping England come close to avoid follow-up.
New star heroes again
Earlier, Scott Boland continued his remarkable start to the cricket test when he claimed Joe Root’s precious scalp as England crashed to 4-36 at lunchtime.
Boland struck Root for a duck, thanks to a clean catch from Steve Smith on the second slip, and knocked down Zak Crawley to improve Australia’s grip in the fourth Ashes Test.
The Victorian, who retained his place in the Australian attack because his teammates Josh Hazlewood and Jhye Richardson were both ruled out with injuries, picked up where he left off in Melbourne.
Boland went 2-0 in four overs in Sydney, as he netted astonishing 6-7 second-set numbers and man of the match honors on his MCG debut.
He was then taken to hospital for an examination after falling on the ground.
Even with more downpours expected throughout the contest, tourists will likely have to dig deep to avoid losing 4-0 in the series of five tests.
Rain delayed the start of play at SCG on Friday, making it three days in a row that wet weather caused problems.
Forerunners Haseeb Hameed and Zak Crawley, who both had five tries in Day 2 thanks to a no-ball that cost Mitchell Starc a wicket, resumed at 12:10 a.m. AEDT.
Hameed and Crawley have extended their partnership until the 10th, making it England’s longest opening stand of the summer.
Wicket keeper Alex Carey left a Hameed-offered chance in two, denying Starc another chance to break the opening partnership.
But the reprieve only cost four points, with Hameed’s sacking at Starc triggering an astonishing 4-14 collapse.
Crawley scored 18 and received a nasty blow to the hand before misreading a delivery that stitched back and messed up his stump.
Australia declared at 8-416 late on the second day after Usman Khawaja celebrated his recall with an impressive 137 shot.
The hosts hold an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-test series.