Just when everyone thought the Decision Review System controversy was over after the first day of the fourth Test passed without controversy, the debate was suddenly launched back into the eye of the storm with the dismissal – or rather the failure to dismiss – Australian batsman Chris Rogers.
With England’s bowlers off to a flyer having already taken the wickets of David Warner and Usman Khawaja, Stuart Broad looked to be in one of his moods where he is simply unplayable – the Oval in 2009 immediately springs to mind.
And when umpire Tony Hill raised the finger to dismiss Rogers to give Broad his third wicket of the morning when he was caught behind, England were celebrating and the Aussies were on the ropes once again. No service resumed, it seemed.
But Rogers opted to review the decision, and Hot Spot, much the villain in the DRS saga this summer, showed that the 35-year-old hadn’t edged it, but instead had clipped the ball with the top of his pad on his back-leg.
Suddenly Hawkeye was brought into play with a potential leg-before-wicket shout, and it showed the ball to be hitting inline and going on to the top of leg stump, with the umpire’s call looking like Rogers would be walking anyway.
The decision though, was overturned. Because Hill had given Rogers out for the catch rather than lbw, the ruling was overturned, much to England’s surprise and frustration. They quickly protested their case, given that they had seen on the big screen that it should have been out.
This wasn’t the case though, as in the umpire’s opinion the ball was going on to miss the stumps, and hence the on-field call – at least for the lbw appeal – was not out.