Watch | Appeal immediately if you want the wicket! Umpire teaches Aussies a hard lesson during Windies T20I
It was Glenn Maxwell's record-equalling century that was the highlight of Australia's 34-run win over West Indies on Sunday. The victory helped Australia to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in its three-match Twenty20 series.
Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 120 off 55 balls, with eight sixes and 12 fours, and shared a 92-run stand with Tim David (31 off 14 balls) to propel Australia to 241-4 -- the highest T20 international score at Adelaide Oval. The West Indies, like in the first game, fought valiantly with the bat before being restricted to 207-9 in its 20 overs.
However, the match witnessed a bizarre incident towards the end of the Windies innings. Tail-ender Alzarri Joseph fell short of his crease in an attempt to steal a single in the 19th over but was not given marching orders by the umpires! Reason, the match umpire ruled there was no appeal from the Aussies.
Australia captain Mitchell Marsh himself was in the mix of things as Joseph knocked the ball towards him. Marsh threw the ball to seamer Spencer Johnson who made no mistake in collecting it and removing the bails.
The Australian players started celebrating as Joseph was seen falling short of the crease when the bails were dislodged. However, to the surprise of both Kangaroos and Joseph, umpire Gerard Abood stated that he noticed no formal appeal from the fielding side. Ahead of the on-screen checking began, Abood was also heard telling the third umpire that there was "no appeal", media reports said.
Realising that the umpire was serious about not giving Joseph his marching orders, Australian players gathered around him. While David Warner called the decision an error from the umpire's part, Tim David tried to convince the umpire that he had appealed himself. However, Abood, an Australian himself, paid no heed.
The decision had little impact on the game's outcome as the Kangaroos enjoyed a comfortable win.
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What cricket rules say...
According to 31.1 of cricket laws published on the official website of the Lord's Cricket Ground, "Umpire not to give batter out without an appeal."
"Neither umpire shall give a batter out, even though he/she may be out under the Laws, unless appealed to by a fielder. This shall not debar a batter who is out under any of the Laws from leaving the wicket without an appeal having been made. Note, however, the provisions of 31.7," it reads.