ICC respond to Ashes no-ball furore after Ricky Ponting’s ‘pathetic officiating’ verdict

The International Cricket Council has released a statement after former Australian captain Ricky Ponting labelled the umpiring in the Ashes opener in Brisbane ‘pathetic’.

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The ICC have revealed in a statement that the technology used by the third umpire to check front foot no balls will return for the second Test of the Ashes in Adelaide.

This comes after former Australian captain Ricky Ponting criticised the level of officiating as ‘pathetic’ after Ben Stokes clean bowled David Warner, before the opener was recalled to the crease after it appeared the Englishman overstepped.

However this was not the first time Stokes had crossed the crease line, after Channel 7 pointed out that the three previous balls from his first over were all also no balls.

Ricky Ponting played for Australia for 17 years

Front foot no ball decisions have now been taken away from the on field umpires, with the third umpire instead in charge of calling out any player overstepping.

Following the lack of an earlier call Australia legend Ponting was quick to slam the umpiring, labelling it as ‘pathetic’.

He said: “If someone upstairs is supposed to be checking these and they haven’t decided that any of those are a no ball, that’s just pathetic officiating as far as I’m concerned.

“It led to what we saw late in the over. If he’d have been called for a no ball the first one he bowled, then of course he’s going to drag his foot back.

“I’m not sure what’s happened. I’m keen to hear why it hasn’t happened earlier.”

Like Ponting, many in the cricketing world were left questioning just why Stokes’ no balls were not called prior to his fourth delivery, however the ICC have now offered some clarity.

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David Warner was given a lifelife on 17 when he was bowled by a Ben Stokes no ball


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As a result the governing body revealed in a statement that both England and Australia had been informed that an equipment issue meant they would be returning to old protocol, in regard to no ball decisions.

However, they did confirm that technology would return for the rest of the series, commenting: “We will continue with the old protocols during this match but expect the technology to be available again from the next test.”

One man who was no doubt more than pleased to see Stokes’ wicket called as a no ball was Warner, who was reprieved from being bowled before going on to score 94.

The Australian who played a starring role for the hosts seemed to have no sympathies for his rival, saying: “You’ve got to try and keep your feet behind the line as a bowler.”

Ben Stokes’ first four balls of the match should’ve been called no balls


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England bowling coach Jon Lewis also commented on the officiating, revealing that to aid Stokes his very first no ball should have been called to help him adjust.

Lewis said: “What a fast bowler needs is some sort of understanding of where his feet are.

“It would’ve been nice for his first ball to be called a no-ball, so he could then have made an adjustment, and from then he would’ve been behind the line because he then knows where his feet are.”

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