Joel Wilson-Chris Gaffaney

Ashes 2019: After their umpiring howler, Joel Wilson and Chris Gaffaney sacked

Umpires Joel Wilson and Chris Gaffaney will not be allowed to participate any further in the Ashes.


The first three Tests witnessed numerous umpiring errors. Wilson got eight of his decisions wrong at Edgbaston, while Gaffaney had seven decisions overturned at Headingley.

Veteran Marais Erasmus and rookie Ruchira Palliyaguruge will be the new umpires in the fourth Test at Old Trafford, beginning on September 4, Wednesday. The third umpire in charge will be Kumar Dharmasena.


While Erasmus has also been appointed for the fifth Test at the Oval, Dharmasena and Palliyaguruge will be swapping roles in the same.

Umpiring has been a huge talking point this series due to several on-field decisions being overturned by the Decision Review System (DRS).

Wilson committed a massive error in the third Test when he failed to give England hero Ben Stokes out LBW off Nathan Lyon’s ball.

Lyon let out a loud appeal but in vain. Australia had used up all their reviews and hence, couldn’t challenge the decision. DRS later displayed that the batsman would have been out as the ball was hitting middle and leg.

Australia could have won the match and retained the Ashes, but that was not to be. Instead, Stokes guided England to an unbelievable win.

The first three Tests were marred by poor umpiring. According to The Australian, out of the 50 decisions that went on to be reviewed, 38% of them were overturned. To be precise, 19 decisions proved to be incorrect.

England will take on Australia in the fourth Test that gets underway from September 4 to 8 at Old Trafford, Manchester.

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