Ashes 2019: Umpires allow play with no bails on stumps

Extremely windy conditions kept knocking down the bails and interrupting the play.
Ashes 2019: Umpires allow play with no bails on stumps Extreme windy conditions did not allow bails to remain on stumps. (Photo: Twitter/Crictracker)
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When the series is tied at 1-1 every over, runs and small things matter a lot as it can change the whole complexion of the game. In a sport like cricket the few inches without the bails could make a significant difference if the ball just goes above the wickets.

In a rather bizarre incident during the fourth Ashes Test when the umpires decided to play without the bails owing to extremely windy conditions at the Old Trafford.

The incident happened in the 32nd over of Australia's first innings on the rain-hit Wednesday when strong winds led to a beach ball from the crowd invading the pitch. The bowler Stuart Broad keenly watched how things unfolded. 

The square-leg umpire, Kumar Dharmasena, tried to put the bails back in their place. However, the winds refused to relent and knocked them down once more. Thus, Kumar decided to take off the bails at both the ends and resume the action. 

According to Article 8.5: The umpires may agree to dispense the use of bails, if necessary. If they do agree then no bails shall be used at either end. The use of bails shall be resumed as soon as conditions permit. 

However, the England players weren’t impressed with the umpires to so. skipper Joe Root had a word with the other umpire Marias Erasmus about the playing conditions without the bails. 

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