England’s decision to rule out an early wicket has left Jon Lewis underwhelmed.


England’s decision to rule out an early wicket has left Jon Lewis underwhelmed.

On day two of the second Test at Edgbaston, England bowling coach Jon Lewis stated that the decision to rule out an early New Zealand wicket had disappointed him, as the Black Caps kept chances at a premium.

If the on-field umpires had given Devon Conway out when he edged Stuart Broad to third slip in the 10th over, the tourists would have been 32 for two.

But there was enough doubt about Zak Crawley’s low take that third umpire Michael Gough was summoned to evaluate the replays.

It was always likely to end in a reprieve once Richard Kettleborough provided a’soft signal’ in the batsman’s favor, though the balance of doubt undoubtedly skewed in Broad’s favor.

Broad was visibly enraged and made his feelings known, but New Zealand were free to score another 105 runs until Conway was bowled for 80 by the same combination. England would then lose another 75 runs due to a Joe Root drop from Will Young’s bat.

Only one more wicket fell before stumps, with Young becoming part-time spinner Dan Lawrence’s first Test wicket in the penultimate over, as New Zealand finished on 229 for three.

Broad may have been hesitant to say anything that would draw the attention of his father Chris, the ICC match referee, therefore Lewis was sent out to speak for the squad.

“You could see they were frustrated by it by the reaction on the field,” he added of the decision.

“It’s a game, and it separates people. New Zealand will be ecstatic, but we will be disappointed. But the real question is whether the soft signal is required. Is there a need for one, or could the guy off the field make the call?

“You have to ask yourself, is it really necessary? Should you make the officials’ lives as simple as possible?”

Conway, who has taken to Test cricket like a natural after backing up a debut double century at Lord’s last week, was more than happy to lean on the existing protocols.

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