Tweets of the Week: Khawaja's dismissal
Australia batsman Usman Khawaja was given out caught behind by Tony Hill. He then reviewed it, and there was nothing to suggest he hit it, but Kumar Dharmasena upheld the decision.
Another Test, another controversy. This time, on day one of the third Test, Australia batsman Usman Khawaja was given out caught behind by Tony Hill. He then reviewed it, and there was nothing to suggest he hit it, but Kumar Dharmasena upheld the decision.
The decision prompted outrage from both former and current players from both nations, as well as Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. His Tweet made the headlines on various sites, while Shane Warne heartily agreed with his nation's leader.
Others were more concerned with the impact this could have on Khawaja's career, given his up and down place in the side, while most agreed that the actual technology was not at fault this time, but rather the man reading it.
Australia PM <b>Kevin Rudd</b> hit the headlines with his tweet: "I've just sat down to watch the test. That was one of the worst cricket umpiring decisions I have ever seen. KRudd"
Former Australia spinner <b>Shane Warne</b> replied to the politician with: "@KRuddMP Horrific decision Prime Minister !!!! Feeling for young Khawaja… #ashes"
Warne, commenting on a picture of Homer Simpson labeled as Third Umpire, added: "Homer sums up the umpiring in the #ashes perfectly !!!!"
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Former England skipper <b>Michael Vaughan</b> was succinct, tweeting: "He didn't hit that… #Ashes."
He then added: "Feel for a young player who is trying to make his way in the game…. Really poor decision…. #Ashes"
And again: "And people say you should Walk …. No chance when you get decisions like that…. #Ashes"
Former Australia fast bowler <b>Damien Fleming</b> was enraged, writing: "Insane DRS!!!! Khwarja no hotspot no deviation noise is him hitting his pad #Disgrace #DeathToTheDRS #Ashes"
Former New Zealand bowler <b>Iain O'Brien</b> reminded his followers that the technology had worked just fine: "Dont blame the DRS for that. Blame the numpty 3rd umpire. Poor!"
Yorkshire coach and former Oz paceman <b>Jason Gillespie</b> said: "I thought DRS was put in place to get more decisions right? #Khawajadismissal #Ashes2013"
Dizzy then added: "The DRS incorporates technology AND how it is implemented. Not convinced that they have got it right as yet."
Former Australia player and Sri Lanka coach <b>Tom Moody</b> was also incensed: "That is an unbelievable decision what a joke by both on and off field umpires, covering each others backsides!! #Ashes"
He then added: "#ICC please explain the farcical decision of Usman Khawaja, players careers on the line here! #Ashes"
Former New Zealand all-rounder <b>Scott Styris</b> agreed with Moody: "Why do umpires go on sound? The least reliable evidence as it could be anything. Umpires protecting each other is the main reason DRS is causing controversy!"
Australia all-rounder <b>Callum Ferguson</b> felt the effects personally, writing: "I feel sick… That was unfathomable. #ReturnTheUrn"
<b>Nasser Hussain</b>, who was in the commentary box, was polite in his assessment: "That's a really poor decision by the third umpire."
He then added about, we assume, was Michael Holding's reaction: "Mikey had a few strong words to say about it at the back of the box."
Former England wicketkeeper <b>Alec Stewart</b> said: "That is a ridiculous decision by both the on and off field umpires. DRS creating yet more controversy. Any wonder players don't walk! #Ashes"
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