The first Ashes Test at Edgbaston was marred by several umpiring howlers throughout the five thrilling days of the cricket. While the contest lived up to its expectations, umpires Joe Wilson and Aleem Dar’s poor umpiring left a bad taste in the mouth. Both the umpires collectively made more than a dozen mistakes with Joe Wilson being the bigger culprit.
By lunch on the final day of this Test, the players had reviewed Wilson’s decisions on 12 occasions; eight were overturned, and four struck down. Aleem Dar had faired only marginally better. Fed up with Wilson’s poor decisions, some individual edited his page on Wikipedia. He added the word blind in the paragraph which described Wilson’s identity.
“Joel Sheldon Wilson (born 30 December 1966) is a blind international cricket umpire from Trinidad and Tobago. Wilson is currently a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, representing the West Indies. He stands in matches of all the three formats of international cricket – Tests, One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is),” the description on Wilson’s Wikipedia page read.
The term ‘blind’ was removed soon after but that was not the end of it for Wilson as after that his description started with a line that said: “Joel Sheldon Wilson (born 30 December 1966) is not an international cricket umpire from Trinidad and Tobago.” The page was soon rectified.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 5, 2019
Talking about the game, Australia thrashed England by 251 runs to take the lead in the five-match series. Chasing an improbable 398, England needed to bat out of their skin to save or win the Test. However, they never quite managed to challenge Australia. The visitors bowled out the hosts for just 146 to start the series on a thumping note.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon took advantage of the worn pitch and took a six wicket haul while pacer Pat Cummins picked up four wickets. The win put Australia them ahead in an Ashes series in the UK for the first time in 14 years.