To appeal or not to appeal: The laws and spirit collide

“The actions of all the remaining fielders were not consistent with regarding the ball as no longer in play. This would have suggested to the umpires that the fielding side may not have considered the ball dead.”

In a series that lacked the flair and competition it had promised, controversy raised its head in the Trent Bridge Test between England and India. At the request of Andrew Strauss, MS Dhoni withdrew his appeal over Ian Bell’s run-out when some believed the ball to be dead. MCC’s verdict on the victory of Spirit over the Laws of cricket are dissected in November’s issue of The Cricketer, in stores now.

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