There was absolute drama in the first T20I played between England and Australia at the Rosebowl in Southampton which saw England run away with a narrow 2 run win. Not for the close finish but a bizarre incident during the England innings was doing the rounds on social media. Fans had an outburst on Twitter after Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell try to trick Umpire with ‘fake hit wicket’ dismissal.
Alex Carey Inflict Fake Hit Wicket Dismissal
In one of the most bizarre, or we’d rather call it the stupidest things to happen on a cricket field, it was Australian once again part of the controversy. Aussie keeper Alex Carey acted slyly knocked the bails off and made it look like a hit wicket dismissal.
It happened in the 16th over of the England innings, batsman Tom Curran had punched the ball towards deep extra cover for a single. The Aussie keeper had knocked the bails off, on seeing which bowler Glenn Maxwell went up in appeal for hit wicket. The umpire has no clear judgment of the dismissal went up to the third umpire. As onscreen visuals cleared showed the bails were knocked off by the Keeper’s gloves and not by the batsman. Thereby, ruling the batsman (Curran) not out.
Nice try, Alex!
A tentative appeal for hit wicket from Australia but it was Alex Carey who dislodged the bails!
England 122-5 after 16. #ENGvAUS
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) September 4, 2020
Ridiculous Carey Act Leads to Outburst on Twitter There was an instant outburst on Twitter as fans ridiculed Carey for his act. Some even going on to call him a ‘Cheat’, associating to his unsporting act against the spirit of the game. The worst side of the incident found Carey going up in appeal for a hit wicket dismissal.
Alex Carey claiming for wicket
give it over
— Phil Smith (@philsmith_91) September 4, 2020
— Dan Collier (@Dan_Baz_Collier) September 4, 2020
Alex Carey cheating ball bag #ENGvAUS
— Mark (@jennings_182) September 4, 2020
— Huzaifa Shaukat (@shaukat_huzaifa) September 4, 2020
Alex Carey is from Delhi, He is in Ashwin team.
You get it, right?#ENGvAUS
— jhootha LOL Gadha (@FakeRainaNephew) September 4, 2020
England Carve Out Narrow Win England had to dig deep and pull off a narrow two-run win over the Aussies who at one stage looked all set to topple the England score. Chasing 163 for a win, Australia was cruising at 98/0, when Jofra Archer got the Aaron Finch out. Along with Adil Rashid, Archer manages to choke the Aussie run flow as wickets continued to fall and Australia failing to stitch together a partnership that could carry them over the line.
The talk, however, was about Carey and the dismissal ….rather not a dismissal which he inflicted.