Chris Broad, match referee for the first test between New Zealand and Australia at the Basin Reserve admitted that umpire Richard Illingworth was simply “distraught” for a dubious decision he gave. While Adam Voges was on 7, he left a delivery from Doug Bracewell which castled him. However, Illingworth adjudged that as a no-ball as he felt that Bracewell had overstepped. Voges was given a life and he went on to make 239, which ultimately had a massive effect on the game. However, the replays suggested that Bracewell had bowled a fair delivery.
The decision was a game changing one and Illingworth was simply shattered by it. “Unfortunately, Richard was distraught afterwards when he realised that it wasn’t a no ball,” Broad said to a newspaper. I think when anyone is proved wrong in any decision that they make it’s clearly embarrassing at the time. But umpires, particularly on the elite panel have a great ability to be able to overcome that feeling and get on with the game,” he added.
“There can be nothing done about it. The problem is that when an umpire calls a no-ball, you can’t change that decision because under the laws a batsman may change his shot when the no-ball is called. It was called – that’s the end of the matter. Richard is a Yorkshireman, he shrugs his shoulders and gets on with it. I’m constantly amazed at how the umpires, when they do make their occasional errors, are able to recover from it,” Broad added about the decision.