England batsman Jonny Bairstow has been grilled for reviewing an lbw dismissal that was clearly smashing into his stumps against India on Wednesday (AEDT).
England was reeling at 1-2 when Bairstow walked to the crease in the third Test of the series at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, after Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat.
On the ninth ball the England No.3 faced he was hit on the front pad by Indian spinner Axar Patel.
It was Patel’s first ball of the match, and the Indian team confidently appealed and Bairstow was given out by the umpire.
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But he looked horrified and immediately challenged the decision, sending it upstairs.
Replays showed the ball was clearly hammering into the stumps and Bairstow had wasted a review, gone for a 9-ball duck.
It left England at 2-37 and short a review.
Twitter, of course, did not take it easy on the batsman for what was one of the all-time poor reviews.
“A rare unit review from a very rare unit… what was Jonny Bairstow doing wasting one there?” tweeted Paul Cochrane.
Cricket pundit Rick Eyre said, “the review is not there to be a shock absorber for the batsman’s ego”.
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The review was bad but the dismissal continues a worrying trend for Bairstow in Test cricket.
CricViz pointed out the batsman has now been dismissed lbw or bowled 39 times since the start of 2016, which is the most of any Test batsman in the same period.
Things didn’t get much better for England after the Bairstow fiasco.
They lost four wickets for 7 runs either side of lunch, falling to 6-81.
Opener Zak Crawley was the only batsman to make a contribution with his 53 off 84 balls before also being out lbw to Patel.
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