Brathwaite “frustrated” with persistently poor umpiring


West Indian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was left seething after a series or errant umpiring decisions went against the Caribbean side in their narrow defeat to Australia.

A remarkable four decisions initially given against the Windies batsmen were all overturned upon review.

Chris Gayle was given out twice in the space of three balls by New Zealand umpire Chris Gaffaney, whilst captain Jason Holder later fell victim on two occasions to Sri Lankan umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge.

A farcical nature descended on the day’s play as all four decisions were correctly overruled via the DRS system.

Adding to the West Indian frustrations, 24 wides were called on short-pitched deliveries around head height, many of which appeared to be borderline decisions.

Gayle Starc wicket PA

Brathwaite spoke of the day’s umpiring, saying: “I don’t know if I’ll be fined for saying it but I just think that the umpiring was a bit frustrating.

“Even when we were bowling we thought a few balls close to head height were called wides.

“And obviously three decisions…as far as I can remember being dodgy, it was frustrating and sent ripples through the dressing room.

“But the umpires do their job, they try to do it to the best of their ability, we as players go out there to do our job as well, so there was no confrontation between the players and the umpires.”

Brathwaite went on to speak of a perceived streak of umpiring going against the West Indian side, saying: “I just think I’d like that for West Indies, we don’t have to use all our reviews and that some of the other teams get a chance to use theirs because, every time we get hit on our pad, the finger goes up.

“When we hit the opposition on their pad, the finger stays down. So we have to use our reviews and it’s always missing and then we have to use our reviews when we’re batting as well and it’s always clipping.

“I’m not a technology person, I don’t know why that happens, I can just say what I have seen happen over the past few years.”