Bowler's Anguished Response To Inexplicable Umpiring Call
It was missing leg stump. It was missing off stump. It wasn't bouncing over the stumps.
The ball was absolutely going to crash into middle stump and splinter the timber like toothpicks, yet somehow, the umpire decided not to raise his digit.
Maybe his finger got wedged in his pocket on a mint or something. Maybe he wasn't really paying attention for a crucial moment.
Whatever the case for this inexplicable piece of officiating, Queensland bowler Mark Steketee had every reason to slap the pitch in disgust, then hold his head in utter dismay when his LBW appeal against Victoria batsman Matt Short was denied in the Sheffield Shield match at Junction Oval, St Kilda.
"Why?" he appeared to be saying.
Why was that not out? Why is the world so unfair? Why did you not go to Specsavers, ump?
Short was on 17 at the time. Fortunately for Steketee, he got his man just four runs later, bowled for 21. In further good news for the 25-year-old paceman, he finally got an LBW in this match -- and a good one too, trapping recent Aussie Test squad member Will Pucovski for 11.
The match is evenly poised on Tuesday afternoon, with Victoria 4/164 in their second innings, 136 in arrears of the victory target of 300.
The judgement of the umpires appears more balanced so far today too, touch wood.
And in other Sheffield Shield highlights, this happened in the match between South Australia and Tasmania. Oh, dear.
We've all been there, whether metaphorically or on an actual cricket field.
Meanwhile, the current round of Sheffield Shield matches is particularly interesting from a point of view of The Ashes in England later this year.
Several batsmen are trying to prove their worth in the Aussie team -- among them Cameron Bancroft, Kurtis Patterson, Marcus Harris, Joe Burns and Will Pucovski.
The first three have all just notched centuries, while Joe Burns made a pair of 50s. Of the Test aspirants, only Will Pucovski has failed to advance his cause with two low scores.