Umpire devastated by Bracewell no-ball call


The umpire at the centre of the no-ball controversy during Australia's emphatic innings and 52-run victory in the first Test against New Zealand is said to be distraught, according to ICC match referee Chris Broad.

Australia batsman Adam Voges was on seven when he left Doug Bracewell's effort through and onto his stumps but English umpire Richard Illingworth called it a no-ball, despite replays showing the Kiwi's foot was clearly on the line on Friday.

The wicket would have left Australia at 147-4 but instead Voges went on to score an incredible 239 as the double centurion set all sorts of records along the way.

The decision was crucial in deciding the outcome of the match and said Illingworth had been left devastated by his decision.

"Unfortunately Richard was distraught afterwards when he realised that it wasn't a no ball," Broad told News Corp.

"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.

"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 declined to comment on whether or not the New Zealanders had made their feelings known to the umpires after the game, but said the human element of decision making remained present in the game even with the third umpire and decision review system, which he said placed further scrutiny on officials in the middle.

"It's been part of cricket ever since cricket started. Errors from players and match officials happen," Broad said.

"I don't know that it's getting any harder [for umpires to call no-balls]. I think what is different is the media are so much closer to the action now out in the middle than they've ever been in the past. Therefore, they're showing up good things as well as bad things in the game."