Debutant leg-spinner Mason Crane joins the league of England’s Unwanted Ashes Club along with Ben Stokes and Tom Curran.
Notably, Crane overstepped in an eventful third morning to deny himself the wicket of Usman Khwaja, who went on to score a big hundred. Khawaja went on to score his debut Ashes hundred as he registered 171 runs on the board before getting stumped off Crane.
Earlier, England all-rounder Ben Stokes overstepped on his first Test against Australia as he was denied the wicket of Brad Haddin who edged one to the safe hands of Matt Prior.
During the fourth Ashes Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground, young fast bowler Tom Curran was also denied the wicket of David Warner same way, who was batting on 99. Warner pulled a short ball to mid off that hurried on to him leaving an easy catch to Stuart Broad. However, the decision was overturned as Curran’s foot was over the line.
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It was very unfortunate for the young leg-spinner Crane as a no-ball denied him his first Test wicket. It was full-length delivery to which Khawaja does not offer a shot, his bat is hidden behind the pad, and the ball struck on the pad.
Joe Root and Crane decide to review the decision before on-field umpire gave it a not-out. The impact did not matter as there was no shot offered. Root and Crane had got the review spot on and only if the latter had something behind the line.
Umpire Ravi has a look at it a couple of times before deciding that there is nothing behind the line.
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