Bad light stops Sydney Test at SCG, rules, Steve Waugh complains

Current and former test stars debated cricket’s controversial bad right rule after Wednesday’s frustrating first day at the SCG.

Cricket’s most frustrating suspension will be raised in Sydney on Wednesday, when the third Test between Australia and South Africa was suspended on the first day due to low light before 2:30pm local time. I got

Dark skies over the SCG brought play between Australia and South Africa to a halt midway through the day, setting baseline readings that were difficult to meet for play to resume in the late afternoon.

Rain ultimately made things more complicated, but greats like Mark and Steve Waugh, Alan Border and Sean Pollock questioned the decision to stop playing because of the bad light, leaving spectators suggested that they made a short change.

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Australian star Marnus Labuchagne, who was sacked just before play was finally stopped, admitted he also sympathized with the spectators, but said the safety of the players had to be taken into account.

“They (great) all play so they understand when it gets dark and someone is bowling faster,” said Labschagne. “I think their decision probably comes from the audience’s point of view.

“I feel that way with the audience.

“But the reality of the game is that when you have two teams that have to be safe and are bowling fast, it’s too dark to go outside.

“Of course, we want to entertain a large audience, so it’s hard to argue. But it doesn’t always work that way.”

The rules do not allow play to resume until the umpire’s luminometer reading is better than when play was first stopped.

Kelly O’Keefe warned that there would certainly be “speculation” about the decision later in the day, given that the decision was made in the early afternoon when the light is generally good.

“Sometimes it gives the false impression that it’s dark. But this is a reading for the rest of the game, mid-afternoon,” he said.

And it actually happened.

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At 3:45 pm, the rain had stopped and play was due to resume, but the lighting turned out to be worse than it had been over an hour ago.

The players warmed up again and waited on the sidelines, but the referee turned and shook them off.

“We rely on machines to guide what happens,” Ian Smith noted at the time.

Play then resumed at 4:45 pm, but lasted only 15 minutes. Labchagne was dismissed by Henrich Nolce, and seconds later the referee pulled the player off the ground again.

Mark Waugh felt that when Bad Light was first called out, it wasn’t dark enough to be considered dangerous to play.

He said play should have continued given the ground lights were on.

“I want to change the rules. I’m just saying that when the lights are on, we’re going to keep them,” Waugh said at Fox Cricket.

“I really don’t know. If it was a pink ball, we would be there and if it was a red ball, it wouldn’t be perfect, it’s an outdoor sport and sometimes the lights turn one side I prefer it over the other.

He added: Did Australia look like they couldn’t see the ball while batting? I think they saw it.

“The lights are on, we keep them on. Simple.

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“There’s no way we should have walked away when we did… I just think we have to change our mindset.”

Sean Pollock, on the other hand, lamented the fact that the same lighting conditions were considered safe for the Pink Ball game.

Nevertheless, the strictness of the laws of cricket means that a red ball (which is hard to see) cannot be changed to a pink ball in the middle of the game.

“In the game we’re playing, it’s funny to change to a pink ball and continue. It’s just the nature of the beast,” he said.

“Well, if we keep developing the pink ball and make it work exactly like the red ball all the time, I think we’ve solved that problem forever.”

Alan Border came out in the middle of the ground during the delay and didn’t feel it was too dark to bat.

He added: It comes off easily.

“I think that’s something games should look more carefully at.”

After the second delay, Steve Waugh joined the chorus of complaints on Instagram.

“Test cricket needs to be aware that there is a lot of competition out there and not using the lights when a player is off due to bad light simply doesn’t add up,” he wrote. rice field.

“A lot of unhappy spectators who don’t understand why and why they don’t play”

On the other hand, Norche agrees with Rabuchanyu’s feelings after the match, and it was the right decision to ignore him.

“It was really dark at that stage, so it was tough. It got darker,” says Nortje.

“It’s really hard to play, not only on the batting team, but also because the fielders can’t pick up the ball in certain places on the field.

“Taking it off after dark is probably the right decision.

“At some stage the ball is a little stiff and two guys bowling quickly can make it unsafe.”

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