Umpiring errors help propel Australia – Sydney Test, Day 1

Just when the Indian fan starts to sit up and watch the game, umpiring errors strike! India were on a roll today when they had Aus on the mat for 140-odd runs with only 4 more wickets in hand.  Symonds came to the crease, and stayed on it after being gifted at least 2 lives by umpire Steve Bucknor and one by the third umpire on a stumping. Ponting was let off when on 17, but was given out lbw when on 55, when there was a thick edge. What is with umpiring these days? India have been on the receiving side of some horrendous decisions in the past year. But India are not alone. Sri Lanka having recently toured Australia were victims as well with the Sangakkara episode readily coming to mind.

There is a strange issue with Australia and its a vicious circle. Umpires are under pressure when Aus is fielding, and the bowler gets the benefit of the doubt; and the Aussie batsmen receive the benefit. The only way to turn tables on this issue would be for other teams to defeat them, but that won’t happen unless the issue is addressed. And no, I don’t believe the oft quoted-adage “some times they [umpiring decisions] go against you…” with sometimes now becoming a couple of times every innings often.

Check out more reactions on this:

Summary, Day1 of Sydney Test
Adelaide Now, Match Summary
Bucknor helps Australia recover

I’m not looking forward to watch India batting now, given the standards of umpiring by this trio.

7 Responses to Umpiring errors help propel Australia – Sydney Test, Day 1

  1. aniche says:

    Those fucking Kangaroos are so loosemouthed when it comes to blaming us for not walking (Ponting in the 20-20 presentation ceremony talking about Karthik). I fucking got so pissed off when i saw the stupid look on Symonds’s face like he had no idea what the fuck was going on. The umpires totally sucked ass today. How the hell is a team supposed to beat those jackoffs when the umpires are hell bent on pulling us down? the third umpire shd go jump off a cliff. stupid assholes!all three of them bitches.
    whew, that was cathartic 🙂

  2. vmminerva says:

    @aniche. 🙂 I can understand your feelings. It is very frustrating. Making a mockery of viewers and players alike.

  3. Ottayan says:


    Just watch, the umpires will get it right during the Indian innings.

  4. ragstheblogger says:

    Bro, this is what we get for trusting & believing in our team. It’s not just the umpires who are at fault, its the players’ outlook. Well, i agree, it’s not watching this Indian team play out the rest of the test, i would rather plant some trees & watch them grow !

  5. vmminerva says:

    @ Ottayan, I hope you are right. For the sake of the game!

    @ragstheblogger, welcome to my blog-home. It’s always great to see a new person around. 🙂 I agree with you on the Indian batting front, but not on the bowling front, and definitely not this time around (1st Test included).

  6. RandeepM says:

    In 2003-04, had Mother Teresa been alive, she would’ve felt the pain inflicted by Steve Bucknor to Indian team in the last SCG match, with series locked at 1-1. Many members of the current Indian team have disclosed in many informal interviews, how those wounds are still fresh in their minds. Former Indian Captain went on to say that some of the decisions were pretty straight forward & they reached a stage in the match when they lost confidence in Steve Bucknor completely.
    Same thing happened yesterday. If you look in detail Phil Jaque’s dismissal yesterday, you would see that Bucknor raised his finger only after Jaques walked off; otherwise I can bet Bucknor had no mood to give him out. Symond’s nick was even audible from the stands. Its completely baffling to know how Bucknor could miss it.
    It has to be one of the 3 reasons. Either he couldn’t hear it due to Old age Or he doesn’t like Indians Or some freak minds would say, it’s a case of Match fixing. Well, its very hard to even talk about the match fixing option without any proof.
    I hope it’s the first option but I’m internally convinced that it’s the 2nd one i.e. he doesn’t like Indians or Indian Team. I have many reasons or facts to prove that. I’ve lived & worked in Jamaica (where Bucknor lives). I met so many people in Jamaica who literally “hate” Indians. The main reason is that there are so many Indians who had come to Jamaica legally/illegally & took control of most of their businesses & left all the petty Jobs for Jamaicans. So internally they had this grudge against all Indians. I have many stories to prove that. So, the more I see Bucknor behaving with Indians, the more my Jamaican memories get refreshed. If someone remembers the last series (SCG test), after an aggressive appeal, the way Bucknor charged towards Parthiv Patel & the way he talked to him with pointed finger, anyone who has experience working in Foreign country would tell you, it was racial hatred. Its pretty strong word but unfortunately its true.
    Some might say Cricket is a gentelman’s game & we should respect all umpiring decisions no matter how harsh they are. I don’t believe in that. After all, there are player’s career & lives attached to these decisions. I’ve played for 10 years & can relate to it. I hope Indian team makes a formal complaint against Bucknor & take him out of Elite umpire’s list. His experience can be used to train other umpires but let’s not let him spoil the game like this. Cricketing world will be lot better without him.

  7. vmminerva says:

    @RandeepM, Welcome to my blog. Sorry that the match is bringing some unpleasant memories for you. Its really sad how these sort of things bring up seeming-burried race-related issues. One can only hope that such atrocities are not repeated in the cricket ground. 😦

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