Belfast Telegraph

Morgan hits out at crunch call in England defeat


By David Clough

England captain Eoin Morgan believes contested catches are an unavoidable part of the landscape after watching Glenn Maxwell cash in on a debatable decision and power Australia to victory in Hobart.

Maxwell's superb 103 not out saw the hosts to a second straight win in the Trans-Tasman T20 series, having thrashed New Zealand in Sydney, but it might have been a very different story.

Having already been dropped by Alex Hales on 40 he chipped the ball to long-off on 59, where Jason Roy stooped to claim a low catch.

Standing umpire Gerard Abood offered a 'soft signal' of out but sent it for review and was overturned by colleague Chris Brown, despite typically inconclusive replays and the precarious position of the match.

Morgan felt that was the wrong call but shied away from a hard luck story, admitting there was no easy way to avert such controversies.

"Jason said it was out. I trust the player's call, I agreed with the on-field umpire at the time, but I can understand how it got overturned," he said.

"Sometimes you don't get those decisions going your way.

"My opinion doesn't really matter but we always know TV makes it look worse than it is."

Asked if he would support a review of umpiring protocols for similar incidents, Morgan said: "I would say yes but I don't know how, I don't have an answer.

"If there's no right answer to something then you can't correct it. I'm all for reviewing catches."

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