England opener Jason Roy was absolutely furious at the umpires and refused to walk after being unfairly given out in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final against Australia at Edgbaston on Thursday. The 28 year old was smashing the Australian bowlers all around the park before being forced to leave the field just 15 runs short of a well deserved century. The ball was miles away from Roy’s bat but he was unable to review the shocking decision as there was no review left, thanks to his opening partner Jonny Bairstrow who had used up the only review a couple of overs earlier.
The moment took place on the fourth ball of the 19th over when Pat Cummins bowled a bouncer to Roy who went for the hook but ended up missing by a mile. There was some noise as the ball passed the bat on its way through to the wicketkeeper Alex Carey and the Aussies immediately went up in unison searching for a possible wicket. Umpire Kumar Dharmasena looked unsure at first but eventually raised his finger ruling Roy not out. Roy was visibly unhappy with the decision but couldn’t take a review as Bairstow had used up the only review a couple of overs ago.
Dharmasena confusingly and incorrectly signaled to go upwards to the third umpire before being reminded that England has no reviews left. Roy however refused to walk and stood his ground in the hope of getting the decision overturned. The English opener went on to have a heated argument with umpire Dharmasena before square umpire Marais Erasmus stepped in to diffuse the situation. Roy however continued ranting and gesticulating suggesting that Dharmasena was going to extend his arms to signal a wide before sticking his finger out in the air.
Roy was in no hurry to leave the field as he took his helmet off and raised his bat to soak up the applause of the Birmingham crowd. The unhappiness on his face was still on display as he signaled to Root that the ball was a wide on his way back to the pavilion. Roy led the English charge with a stupendous 85-run knock which included 9 fours and 5 sixes, three of which came off consecutive balls in the same over bowled by Steve Smith. Roy’s innings seized the momentum from ball one of the England innings and crushed any hopes Australia had of causing an upset after posting a modest 223.
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