Edgbaston is known to be one of the most amazing places to play test cricket. If you are an England fan then Birmingham’s, Edgbaston cricket ground is the place to be. The first Ashes 2023 test is evenly poised as Australia made a fine comeback into the test thanks to their bowlers. Ashes has always been known for its fierce rivalry, and it is made special with the participation of the passionate sets of fans from England and Australia as it was seen on the 4th day of the 1st test on Monday.
The story so far –
Pat Cummins led Australia had just won the World Test Championship final a week ago. On Monday the Australians had the English in trouble at lunch with the score reading 155/5 from 37 overs with an overall lead of 162. Ben Stokes was batting on 13 off 34 balls while Bairstow was batting on 1 off 12 balls when the players went in for the break.
Australians go for DRS against Ben Stokes –
Nathan Lyon was bowling from round the wicket to English captain Ben Stokes who was being watchful. The Australians went up for a huge appeal as they saw the ball hit the pads of Stokes. The entire Australian close in fielding unit was convinced that Stokes was out LBW. Pat Cummins turned around and put up the T Sign as umpire Marais Erasmus sent the decision to the 3rd umpire.
Australians shocked as the 3rd umpire sticks with the original decisions –
Once the decision was sent up for the DRS, the 3rd umpire began the customary checks. When the replays came up on the screen it was seen that Stokes had got a huge edge of his bat. This prompted the 3rd umpire to ask on-field umpire Erasmus to stay with his original decision of not out as Stokes stayed on at the crease.
Crowd mocks Australia as the players argue –
Once the decision came in favor of England, it was the 2nd DRS call Australia had lost. The players from Australia couldn’t believe it as they were seen having a word with umpire Erasmus. The English crowd though were enjoying each and every bit of it as they were seen mocking the Australian players and having fun at their expense.
Twitter reacts –
Cricket fans took to Twitter to debate the entire decision and you can read all the tweets from the fans below.
Steve Smith's constant look of disbelief and disgust at DRS decisions is the highlight of the #Ashes summer for me so far.— Steve Nash (@SteveNashLA) June 19, 2023
Steve Smith, a man convicted of cheating, looking at DRS showing a ball that Stokes hit, hit outside the line, was missing stumps, like it was the gravest injustice he’s ever seen 😂😂 #Ashes23— Iain Gavin (@IainGavin3) June 19, 2023
Haha Mark Taylor banging on about that DRS for five minutes only for it to be missing the stumps anyway 😂 #Ashes— Nick Moreland (@nmoreland2) June 19, 2023