England won the toss and elected to bat. England were bowled out for 146 in 50.1 overs on the first day. Aussie captain Pat Cummins smashed five wickets for England. Joss Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc both took wickets and Cameron Green took one wicket. In the last half of the day, if the rain stopped, Australia could not get the bat on the first day.
However, on the morning of the second day, Australia was named in the batting. Aussie opener Marcus Harris, who made 3 off 18 balls, was the first victim of Oli Robinson. After losing the first wicket for 10 runs, David Warner and Marnus Labushan started to form a big partnership. However, Warner survived the no-ball.
Australia collected 36 runs for 1 wicket in the match. Warner was batting and Ben Stokes was bowling. The English pacer crossed his boundary in the first four balls of the over. But not once, he bowled three balls in a row but he avoided the umpire’s eyes. But when Warner was out in the fourth ball, the no ball came to the notice of the umpire and later it was seen that the first four balls of the over were no ball.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting blamed the umpire for Stokes’ four consecutive no-balls. During the lunch break, Ponting said, “It’s very sad if someone doesn’t give a no ball even after observing these. I think these were no balls. If the umpire had caught the first ball of the over, then Stokes might have corrected him. ‘
Australian umpire Simon Toffel was also surprised by the decision of the field umpires. Simon said, ‘Now with the help of technology all the forces are observed. I don’t understand why these balls were not observed. ICC technicians are on the field to help the field umpires.