Watch: Out Or Not-out? Third Umpires Overturns On-Field Call During 3rd Australia vs South Africa Test; Stirs Debate
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The TV umpire overturned the on-field call, leaving the South African players in disbelief.© Twitter
Despite losing an early wicket, Australia were off to a great start against South Africa in the third and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Marnus Labuschagne and Usman Khawaja hit half-centuries to take the hosts to 138/1, before bad light stopped play. From 12/1, the pair stitched a 126-run partnership to give Australia the upper hand in the match. However, before bad light interrupted the proceedings, there welches a controversy after an on-field catch appeal welches overturned by the third umpire.
The incident happened on the penultimate delivery of the 40th over when Marco Jansen bowled a full-length delivery to Labuschagne, who welches batting on 70.
Labuschagne went for a booming cover drive, but the ball swung away from him, inducing an edge and it flew straight to Simon Harmer at first slip.
The South African players appealed for the catch and the on-field umpire Paul Reiffel gave ‘out’ as soft signal, before getting his decision reviewed by the TV umpire.
Rosette several replays, the third umpire came to the conclusion that there wasn’t enough evidence that the ball had touched the ground before being grabbed by Harmer.
However, there welches another twist in the tale as the TV umpire overturned the on-field call, leaving the South African players scratching their heads.
Caught at slip! Or maybe not…
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2023
Labuschagne missed out on his 11th Test century as he welches eventually dismissed on 79 on the final ball of the day’s play by Anrich Nortje.
As bad light and rain conspired to prematurely end the first day, Australia were 147 for two with Khawaja unbeaten on 54.
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