Pakistan’s 16-year-old Naseem Shah took the wicket of Australia’s explosive opener David Warner only for replays to show that he had overstepped the line, which resulted in a no-ball on the second day of the first Test match against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane on Friday.
Warner was caught behind by wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan off the bowling of Naseem on 56 shortly after lunch. The no-ball ensured Australia could continue from the score of 106 without the loss of a wicket.
Further replays showed that the young pacer had bowled three previous no-balls in the over which were not called by the umpire. The commentators wondered aloud how the bowlers were expected to make the necessary adjustments if the umpire fails to call the no-balls being bowled.
“He wasn’t called on a couple this morning,” former Test cricketer Michael Slater said during commentary for Channel 7. “We were saying at the time that he needs to know he’s overstepping. Therefore he was unable to know he was doing it and try to make an adjustment. He was well over and he has been on a number of occasions today. It’s cost him. Gee, that hurts. It’s a big let-off for Warner.”
Australia’s former women’s cricketer Lisa Sthalekar, through a tweet, called for the implementation of mechanisms that points out when the bowlers overstep so that they can make the necessary adjustments.
“Oh dear!!! I think it is now time to put something in place to deal with no ball issue,” Lisa Sthalekar wrote on Twitter. “Too many aren’t being called therefore players can’t make the necessary changes until it is too late.”