Ashes umpiring: Joel Wilson and Chris Gaffaney out of the series

The rest of the Ashes series will see two brand new umpires in the field after the opening three Tests were disordered with errors including the final day buzz at Headingley at the crunch moment of the game. 

Ashes umpiring: Joel Wilson and Chris Gaffaney out of the series
Chris Gaffaney out of the Ashes series. Photo: New Zealand Herald

Joel Wilson and Chris Gaffeney, who officiated controversially the third Test in Leeds, have been omitted from rest of the series.

Marais Erasmus and rookie Sri Lankan umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge will come in for the fourth Test at Old Trafford starting from Wednesday. The third umpire will be Kumar Dharmasena.

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Erasmus will also be in charge for the fifth Test at the Oval, while Dharmasena and Palliyaguruge will swap roles.

Caribbean umpire Joel Wilson denied to give Ben Stokes’ leg before wicket just several deliveries before he hit the winning runs in the third Test. Wilson, therefore, set the record-equaling eight decisions overturned, the most in a Test match during the first match of the series.

On the other hand, New Zealander Chris Gaffaney had seven decisions overturned in Leeds,

Over the first three Tests matches in the ongoing Ashes series, there have been 50 decisions sent to DRS, with 19 of them overturned by the TV umpire.

After the third match in Leeds that saw England winning one of the most incredible Test matches, Australia skipper Tim Paine told he would be ‘putting someone else in charge’ of the team’s reviews.

Paine, however, refused to criticize Wilson’s original not out decision, even after disagreeing with the West Indian umpire’s verdict.

“I don’t think I’ve got a referral correct the whole series so I can’t sit here and bag the umpires and we have got to focus on what we can control, and umpiring decisions isn’t one of them,” Paine said.

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