Morgan ‘understands’ Maxwell’s reprieve – ESPNcricinfo


During the one-day series, an important soft signal call went England’s way when Steven Smith was dismissed in Sydney but, in their opening T20 of the tri-series in Hobart, the on-field umpire’s view was not enough to claim Glenn Maxwell when the third umpire ruled Jason Roy had not got his fingers under the ball.

The decision by third umpire Chris Brown sparked further debate about the use of TV pictures to judge whether a catch has carried. England captain Eoin Morgan said he thought the catch “looked out” but accepted the eventual decision which came at a crucial juncture of Australia’s chase following Marcus Stoinis’ dismissal at 98 for 4.

“It looked out but I fully accept the decision was overturned, ultimately the third umpire is always right,” Morgan told the BBC. “Maxwell played very well and took the game away from us.”

There had been a clear-cut opportunity to remove Maxwell on 40 when Alex Hales put him down in the deep and, expanding on his views later, Morgan added: “It’s two dropped catches officially. My opinion doesn’t matter.

“We all know TV makes it look worse than it is. I trust [Roy’s] call and I agreed with the [on-field] umpire’s call. But I can understand how it got overturned.”

Maxwell, who went on to finish the match with a six to reach a century, was hopeful the TV replay would reprieve him after the misjudged lofted drive off Adil Rashid found its way to long-off. His initial thought, after seeing it on the big screen, was that the ball had touched the turf.

“I definitely didn’t have a clear view, it’s just one of those where you never know what it might look like when they send it up to the third umpire.

“As a fielder you think you catch it. The rule states if the ball touches any part of the ground [it’s not out] and it looked like it was touching part of the ground when it came up on the big screen. The umpires told us what was going on and ruled in my favour, luckily.

“With those ones where it doesn’t go completely cleanly into your hands and it’s more of a fingers catch, you always have that little bit of doubt and you’re almost trying to convince yourself that it’s out. The umpire ruled in my favour, so I’m pretty happy.”

Morgan said he remained in favour of reviewing disputed catches but didn’t have a suggestion on how to improve the process. “I don’t know how, I don’t have a solution. If there’s no right answer to something you can’t correct it. I’m all for reviewing…but there’s no solution to it yet.”

Maxwell said: “If they’re going to send it up to the third umpire, you’re using the technology for the advantage of having the best views. You’re trying to get the best decision for the game and making sure all the little errors in cricket are scratched out by technology.”



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