Had it not been for a wrong decision from Joel Wilson, England would have lost the 3rd Test match by just one run. But for Joel Wilson. The umpire from Trinidad made a big umpiring howler on the last delivery of 125th over when England needed just 2 runs to win.
Stokes went for a sweep against Nathan Lyon and missed the ball that hit on his pads. But Wilson adjudged him not out. Australia did not have a review left and when they saw the replays, the players on the field could not believe it.
There were three reds when the replays were showed and had Australia not wasted a review against Jack Leach just few over back, they could have won by one run.
Twitterati though was unimpressed with Wilson, whose wrong decision handed a win to England –
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) August 25, 2019
And I mean this… Joel Wilson should never umpire international cricket again.
— Ian Higgins (@1an_Higgins) August 25, 2019
Joel Wilson signs off from the Ashes in style. #Ashes2019
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) August 25, 2019
If you need Joel Wilson competence to save you, you don’t deserve to win
— Dan Ginnane (@DanGinnane) August 25, 2019
England's two greatest heroes
— JSK (@imjsk27) August 25, 2019
Ben Stokes batted well, but Joel Wilson is the true Man of the Match for England today. ANOTHER horrendous decision to not give Stokes out LBW to Lyon, when he was salmon. A cowardly decision from an umpire that must be stepped down by the @ICC immediately #ENGvAUS #Ashes2019 pic.twitter.com/0E5drJHqrj
— James Day (@JamesDa45083869) August 25, 2019
Tim Paine pre-game on whether he had faith in umpire Joel Wilson.
"I think so. I actually spoke to someone about it the other day, Joel's no different to a player. Sometimes you have a bad day and a bad game and that's allowed to happen.
"He'll come back."
He didn't come back.
— Sam Landsberger 🗯 (@SamLandsberger) August 25, 2019
Can someone send Joel Wilson a You Tube Tutorial on How LBW Works??? #Ashes
— Peter Helliar (@pjhelliar) August 25, 2019
I’m not buying the “use of review narrative”… it’s quite simply preposterous incompetent umpiring by Joel Wilson. If he was watching Narine in the Caribbean Premier League he would have fired the batsman before the appeal! But Lyon at a raucous Headingley… not out #disgrace
— Brenton Speed (@BrentonSpeed) August 25, 2019
Ben Stokes was th star for England as he propelled the team to historic win on his own. England were nine down for 286/9 and had lost all chances to pull off a heist.
But for the second time in two months, Stokes upset the tam. E shared 76 runs for the 10th wicket out of which Jack Leach scored just one run.
Contrary too what other batsmen would have opted for, Stokes did not try to curb his natural game and went for his shots, hitting boundaries on occasions.
In fact, he mostly relied on boundaries to steer the team ahead and in the end, England kept the series alive with a win at Headingley. Had England lost, Australia would have retained the series but the five-match series is still alive and the hosts still have a chance to regain the Ashes that they had lost in 2017.
Both teams have much to ponder ahead of the fourth Test and have ample time to make strategies. The penultimate Test of the series stats on September 4 in Manchester.
For Australia, Steve Smith is expected to make comeback after missing the third Test. England might bring in James Anderson should they rest Jofra Archer.