When skipper Marsh threw at the stumps and missed leaving Spencer Johnson to take the bails off, neither fielder nor bowler appealed. But others in the field, notably David at deep point, claimed that they had, resulting in the following exchanges record on Fox Cricket’s stump mics – heightened by the scoreboard’s rapid airing of a replay.
Tim David: “I appealed. Gerard I appealed, I promise you. This is a joke mate. I appealed from deep point. I appealed. I appealed Gerard. Gerard, you looked at me and I appealed. Mate, you’re better off giving it out. Just give it out. Say you were wrong and give it out.”
David Warner: “It doesn’t matter. He’s backed himself to not give it out. That’s the issue. It’s umpire error.”
Umpire Gerard Abood: “There was no appeal, can we get on with it guys. This is ridiculous, can we get on with the game. Guys, guys we’re getting into really poor territory, get on with the game.”
As a captain, Taylor observed, there are broad responsibilities for the conduct of the team because cricket’s constant ability to throw up novel scenarios means there cannot be a protocol for everything beyond asking captains and umpires to control behaviour.
“There isn’t a rule for every possible situation because you can’t think of every possible situation,” he said. “The game is changing all the time with things like video replays and decision reviews and protocols around them.
“But mistakes are made by everyone. The overreaching thought from a captain’s point of view is you’re there to guide your team and try to win the match. I’ve got no problem with Mitch or anyone belatedly saying ‘oh how’s that then’, because I’d do the same thing myself.
“But once that moment has passed and it hasn’t been accepted, your job is then to get on with the game and play the game. The administrators are there, in this case Gerard Abood, the umpire, to do a job.”
Those words were pointed for another reason – the record of Australian cricketers in domestic ranks is nowhere near as spotless as their international counterparts over the past two years.
This season so far, there have been 14 instances of dissent or similar offences during the domestic men’s and women’s seasons on the Cricket Australia code of conduct register, following 21 instances over the previous summer.
An awareness of how such episodes are perceived was evident in the words of Glenn Maxwell a half an hour or so after the game ended. “Just one of those weird rules in cricket,” he said. “We should probably just be a bit louder with our appeals.”
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