Australia captain Rachael Haynes has called for third umpire intervention to provide clarity around controversial decisions like the one that led to the banning of spearhead Ellyse Perry from bowling in Thursday’s Women’s Ashes win over England.
Perry was removed from the attack in just her third over and sixth over of England’s innings after bowling back-to-back waist-high full-tosses at rival captain Heather Knight.
The International Cricket Council one-day international playing conditions state if a bowler bowls two dangerous non-pitching deliveries that are considered likely to inflict physical injury on the batter then the umpire shall suspend the bowler immediately.
Heavy rain and hail made the outfield slippery at the start of England’s run chase, and while the first full-toss was in line with Knight, albeit well above her head, the follow-up delivery was comfortably outside off-stump, cut away by Knight for one.
“I did question that,” Haynes said on Thursday when asked if she thought Perry’s deliveries were dangerous.
“That’s how I understood it as well, that they had to be dangerous deliveries at the batter and I certainly didn’t think … it wasn’t intentional from Pez in terms of how those deliveries came out.
“That was a question that I asked and I was told ‘No, if it’s over waist height that the bowler is off’.
“In the context of the match when there’s not clarity from me it would be good if perhaps clarity could be got from the third umpire but at the end of the day we have to accept the decision.
“We were definitely happy to accept it and move on.”
On another day the loss of Perry after just 2.4 overs could have spelled doom for Australia, but fortunately for the hosts they had 296 runs in the bank, their second highest ODI score ever against England.
Haynes praised the rest of her bowling unit for standing up without Perry, who could see the funny side of her suspension after Australia wrapped up a 75-run DLS method win at Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium.
“She (Perry) was disappointed at the time but by the end of the game she was having a laugh about it,” Haynes said.
“It was a pretty tough call given the conditions but I thought the way the whole group responded when that happened was really good.
“For Tahlia McGrath to come on and bowl how she did (completing Perry’s over), to get her first wicket as well – a pretty good wicket to get in Sarah Taylor – I thought it was exceptional from our group, particularly from our spinners, it was pretty tough.”
Perry will be allowed to bowl in the next match on Sunday, the final ODI before the series focus shifts to the inaugural day-night Ashes Test match at North Sydney Oval.
Commonwealth Bank Women's Ashes
Australia lead England 2-0
Australia squad (ODI and Test): Rachael Haynes (C), Alex Blackwell (VC), Kristen Beams, Nicole Bolton, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa (Test only), Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington.
England squad: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Nat Sciver, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt.
First ODI Australia won by two wickets
Second ODI Coffs International Stadium, October 26
Third ODI Coffs International Stadium, October 29
Day-Night Test North Sydney Oval, November 9-12
First T20 North Sydney Oval, November 17
North Sydney Charity Partner: McGrath Foundation
Second T20 Manuka Oval, November 19
Third T20 Manuka Oval, November 21
Canberra Charity Partner: Lord's Taverners ACT