Umpire apologises for blunder

2014-04-01 00:00

CAPE TOWN — AB de Villiers says Australian umpire Rod Tucker has apologised after his no-ball blunder in their World Twenty20 win over England in Chittagong at the weekend.

Albie Morkel had England danger-man Alex Hales caught at point by JP Duminy, only for Tucker to call no-ball, despite replays clearly showing that Morkel had not over-stepped.

Hales was on nine at the time and eventually went on to make 38 off 22 balls.

De Villiers, who led the Proteas in absence of the suspended Faf du Plessis, said he was happy that the decision did not result in defeat for South Africa, who booked their spot in the semi-finals with a three-run victory.

“I asked him to refer it upstairs, but he said he already made his decision. I knew what his answer would be, but I just wanted to buy some time, slow things down, because the guys were quite upset,” De Villiers said.

“These things happen in cricket, we all make mistakes. At least he apologised afterwards. Luckily it didn’t cost us the match.”

It was not the first time that Tucker had made errors against South Africa. He gave Jacques Kallis out lbw against India at the Wanderers earlier this season, with replays showing Kallis got an inside edge.

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