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Thu Apr 24 05:44:36 SAST 2014

Controversy mars Lord's start

TEAMtalk Media | 16 August, 2012 14:280 Comments
England v South Africa: 3rd Investec Test - Day One
Jacques Kallis of South Africa reacts after being dismissed on review as the England players celebrate during day one of the 3rd Investec Test match between England and South Africa at Lord's Cricket Ground on August 16, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Harry Engels / Getty Images

The third and final Test endured a sour start as South Africa slumped to 65 for four at lunch on day one at Lord's.

Graeme Smith, Alviro Petersen and Hashim Amla departed to legitimate reasons, but England will count themselves fortunate to get rid of Jacques Kallis in controversial fashion.

Smith celebrated his 94th Test as captain - now the most by anyone - by winning the toss and opting to bat first under clear skies. Sunny conditions, however, soon made way for rolling clouds - and paved the way for testing swing, from the right hand of James Anderson in particular.

Anderson enjoyed the bulk of the lateral movement, and had the left-handed Smith caught behind in the ninth over of the day, but it was the introduction of Steven Finn that truly set the contest underway.

Finn, picked at his homeground ahead of Tim Bresnan, stole his opportunity with both hands. Snaffling Petersen down the leg-side with some sharp, if wayward, bounce, the lanky pace ace then Castled Amla with a veritable peach that nipped off the seam to castle the right-hander through the gate.

Two overs later, Kallis became Finn's third victim - but a thoroughly undeserving one.

Umpire Kumar Dharmasena duly rejected another appeal for a catch down the leg-side, and plenty of television replays warranted his decision. England's review, however, triumphed on the back of remarkably questionable decision from third umpire Rod Tucker.

Tucker deemed the ball to have glanced the right glove, which largely seemed to have removed from gripping the handle quickly enough by Kallis. Further footage justified suggestion of daylight between the pair of gloves, if the ball had even touched the batsman's digits at all.

The decision drew plenty of ire on Twitter, with former South African wicketkeeper-batsman and close friend of Kallis, Mark Boucher, labeling Tucker's choice "Shocking!"


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