Former Australian legendary spinner Shane Warne has expressed his unhappiness with umpire Bruce Oxenford in the ongoing Test between Australia and India in Adelaide. The second day of the first Test between the two sides ended by India gaining the upper hand, taking a handy 62-run lead. Shane Warne felt that umpire Bruce Oxenford made plenty of errors that could prove decisive.
Shane Warne particularly mentioned two decisions that as seen debatable by him given by Bruce Oxenford. One of those occurred in the 63rd over when it seemed like Ravichandran Ashwin had trapped Nathan Lyon in front of the stumps; however, he had some bat on it. The decision got overturned from out to not out as Lyon took the Decision Review System (DRS). While the move to give Joe Burns out turned out to be umpire’s call, it missed the stump via the naked eye.
Shane Warne underlined that when watching live, it was always going down leg; however, due to the umpire’s call it stood out. It was only due to umpire’s move to give him out that the decision was upheld despite Joe Burns opting for a review.
“To me when you watch that live it was always going down the legside a little bit, but because of umpire’s call it is still in play, and that was maybe just hitting or maybe just missing. But because he gave him out, it’s going down the legs, and maybe it is clipping and it is given,” Warne said as quoted by India Today.
He has made too many in my opinion in this game: Shane Warne
Shane Warne further said that Bruce Oxenford could cost Joe Burns his career and while he opined that nobody likes making mistakes, the 145-Test veteran criticised the umpire for making too many.
“He can cost Joe Burns his grieve, all these mistakes. No one likes to make mistakes and you don’t want to pick on an umpire. But he has made too many in my opinion in this game,” the 51-year old added.