ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2019
Windies query 'dodgy' calls as Test great fumes
Current and former West Indies players criticise the umpiring in their 15-run loss to Australia
AAP & Cricket Network
7 June 2019, 01:20 PM AEST
West Indies allrounder Carlos Brathwaite claimed his team were on the wrong end of some "dodgy" decisions while Test legend Michael Holding labelled the umpires "weak" in their 15-run loss to Australia at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
Brathwaite said the decisions didn't cost his team the game, but still expressed his frustration after a thrilling clash at the Nottingham venue.
The Windies successfully overturned four separate out decisions in their doomed chase of 289, while umpire Chris Gaffaney also missed a no-ball call the delivery before Chris Gayle was dismissed.
A no-ball call would have made the next delivery from Mitchell Starc - which trapped Gayle in front - a free hit, while even that dismissal was only upheld by the "umpire's call" rule when Gayle reviewed it.
It came after Gayle had already been given out twice in one Starc over and successfully reviewed both decisions, the first after being caught behind and the second when given out lbw to one that hit him outside leg stump as it continued sliding down.
"I don't know if I'll be fined for saying it, but I just think that the umpiring was a bit frustrating," Brathwaite said.
"Obviously three decisions in one over as far as I can remember being dodgy, it was frustrating and sent ripples through the dressing room.
"To lose Chris in a chase of 280, who can probably get 180 of them himself, broke the start that we wanted to have.
"But the umpires do their job, they try to do it to the best of their ability, we as players go out their to do our job as well, so there was no confrontation between the players and the umpires."
Brathwaite also claimed the officials had been too harsh on his side on the height of the bouncers they bowled during Australia's innings, in which the Windies gave away 24 wides.
The decisions prompted a furious Holding to label the umpiring "atrocious", claiming they were being "intimidated" by over-appealing from the Australians.
"I'm sorry, but the umpiring in this game has been atrocious," Holding said in commentary during the match.
"Even when I was playing when they were not as strict as they are now, you are allowed one appeal.
"You don't appeal two, three, four times to the umpire.
"They are being intimidated. That means they are weak. This has been an atrocious bit of umpiring by both (umpires)."
Brathwaite did not blame the officials for his side's loss but still doubled down on his criticism, claiming his team were regularly on the end of tough decisions.
"I'd like that for West Indies; we don't have to use all our reviews and that some of the other teams get a chance to use theirs because every time we get hit on our pad, the finger goes up," Brathwaite said.
"When we hit the opposition on their pad, the finger stays down.
"So we have to use our reviews and it's always missing and then we have to use our reviews when we're batting as well and it's always clipping.
"I'm not a technology person, I don't know why that happens. I can just say what I have seen happen over the past few years."
2019 World Cup
Australia's squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa
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