Sydney Sixers’ batsman Jordan Silk has revealed he had to apologise to the on-field umpires after being left dismayed by the ruling to award Michael Neser with a controversial catch on the boundary during the Brisbane Heat’s clash with the Sixers in the Big Bash League.
Neser claimed Silk’s scalp after briefly stepping over the rope, going airborne and tossing the ball back into the field of play and then claiming the catch at the third time of asking to complete a bizarre sequence of events.
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Faced with a daunting 224-run total to chase down, the Sixers had made a valiant effort after openers Josh Philippe (27) and James Vince (41) blasted 54 runs off the four overs of the power play to set a solid foundation.
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Silk came to the crease in good touch and stitched together an important knock only to be sent back to the pavilion for 41 off 23 deliveries when Neser pulled off the incredible piece of fielding that has since divided the cricket world.
The batsman believed he had smashed his second consecutive six off the bowling of Mark Steketee, only to be upstaged by Neser’s quick thinking.
“I actually had to apologise to the umpires during it all,” Silk told The Run Home on SEN. “I understand the ruling. Not to say that I agree with it.”
By the laws of the game, the catch was deemed perfectly legal due to Neser never being in contact with the ball while outside the field of play, although that hasn’t stopped a number of critics from voicing their displeasure at the ruling.
This is fascinating.
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Josh Hazlewood criticised it while claiming how it wasn’t a good look for the sport if players are able to jump in and out of play while fielding.
“I didn’t like it all,” the Test bowler said.
“I think it should be back to the old rule where you have to be in the field of play and that’s your last step before you throw it back in.
“It was something different and ‘Ness’ is pretty cluey with the rules.”
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Adam Gilchrist praises Michael Neser for the catch
Silk acknowledged that despite disagreeing with the rule he had to give credit to Neser for his ability to pull off the catch.
“I think it was actually very clever to be able to do what he did,” he said.
“It still takes a lot of skill to be able to do that- hats off to him. It doesn’t mean I agree with the rule itself, but he obviously knew it well.”
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This sentiment was echoed by Adam Gilchrist on Fox Cricket when he noted how we should no longer be “surprised” by how smart fielders are in the modern-day game.
“I’ll put my hand up and say brilliant umpiring and a brilliant sense of game awareness by Michael Neser for him to know that rule,” the legendary Aussie wicketkeeper said.
Meanwhile, Silk admitted that even though he protested the decision and has been left with a sour taste in his mouth after being denied a starring role in what could have been the biggest successful run chase in the club’s history, he couldn’t fault Neser.
“If I was in the same situation, I’d obviously be trying to exploit that too,” he said.