Ben Stokes lbw: How umpire error and Australia’s burned review saved England’s Ashes hopes

Updated: 25/05/2024


How different England‘s remarkable summer of cricket might have been were it not for two huge umpiring errors at defining moments.

First came Kumar Dharmasena's decision to award six runs for overthrows during the Cricket World Cup final against New Zealand when it should have been five.

Then came Joel Wilson's refusal to raise his finger for LBW when Ben Stokes was plumb in front at Headingley on Sunday.

The all-rounder hit a remarkable unbeaten 135 to lead a record run-chase for England and somehow keep their Ashes hopes alive.

Ben Stokes roars with delight after hitting the winning runs at Headingley (Getty Images)

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But the over before hitting the winning runs he should have been given out when hit on the pad while trying to sweep Nathan Lyon for four.

Hawkeye showed the ball pitching in line with the stumps, hitting Stokes in front and then clattering into leg stump.

While Australia will no doubt be angered by Wilson's decision they also have themselves to blame for throwing away their final review the over before when England's No 11 Jack Leach was struck on the pad.

Replays showed that particular Pat Cummins delivery clearly missing the stumps.

An Australia fan reacts to the result at Headingley (Sky Sports)

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