The International Cricket Council has appointed new umpires for the fourth and fifth Ashes Test. Marais Erasmus, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, and Kumar Dharmasena will officiate in the fourth Test match. In fact, Sri Lanka’s umpire Kumar Dharmasena was earlier appointed as the third umpire but now he would stand with Marais Erasmus in the final two Test matches.
Ruchira Palliyaguruge will take over the responsibility of the TV umpire for the last two matches. Meanwhile, umpires have been under the scanner in the ongoing Ashes series. Joel Wilson didn’t give the correct decision when Ben Stokes was plumbed in front by Nathan Lyon when only two runs were needed to win. Thus, the result could have been different had Wilson got his decision right.
The umpiring standard hasn’t been great.
Furthermore, there have been many howlers which are made by the umpires in the ongoing series. Consequently, both teams will expect better-umpiring standards when Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus will take the field.
The series is tied 1-1 after Ben Stokes played one of the greatest Test innings to keep England floating in the series. Stokes scored 135 runs and added 76 runs with Jack Leach to keep his team’s Ashes hopes alive. It was an incredible effort from the talismanic all-rounder when England was down and out.
England will like to carry on with the momentum.
Meanwhile, England’s veteran James Anderson has been ruled out of the entire series with a calf injury. On the other hand, Australia’s linchpin batsman Steven Smith is all set to return to action after missing the third Test match due to concussion.
England and Australia will take on each other in the fourth Test match from 4th September at Old Trafford, Manchester. The hosts will like to build on the impetus whereas the tourists will aim to make a solid comeback.