Alex Carey escaped a bizarre refereeing decision in Australia’s third Test against Pakistan after being eliminated in the most peculiar circumstances.
The incident saw Carey dropped in the 100th by referee Aleem Dar after Pakistan’s appeal.
A slower yorker from Hasan Ali moved strangely out of the crease and was caught by wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan.
Carey immediately reconsidered the decision and Dar sent her upstairs.
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As the decision was made by the third referee, it was unclear whether he was given taken behind or lbw.
“Oh he gave it to her,” said commentator Rob Key. “He will review this right away.
“It didn’t feel like it was that close to the boot or the pad. It really is a weird piece of cricket.
“Very good bowling, but let’s just find out.”
Upon investigation, it was discovered that the delivery had missed Carey’s bat and pads, popping up from the box to simply brush the stumps without knocking the bails off.
The ball also fell short of Rizwan behind the stumps, making Dar’s decision to give it perplexing.
“It’s one of the most bizarre passages in the game, one of the most bizarre reviews,” Key said.
“Missed everything except the stumps it looks like it just hit, missed the bat, missed the pad, hit the toe mark or the crease, then just sewed up because it was leaving everything right from the middle stump. Somehow he missed it all.”
Dar’s arbitrage has also come under scrutiny for its sweet ‘out’ signal.
“I don’t know how it feels to give it to this, a review with a soft cue out. Seems a little weird for a take,” commentator Mike Haysman said.
Adding to the confusion was what the Pakistani players were appealing.
“I was just wondering why they were appealing,” added Michael Kasprowicz.
“Because the ball actually bounced before it hit the keeper, as far as the noise and the thought of it being a catch, it was never that.
“It was a confusing little section of play there.”
The incident ended in a point ball, Carey continuing with Australia positioned at 5-271.
He was later fired lbw for 67 by Nauman Ali.
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