West Indies Kjorn Ottley has ‘unforgivable’ LBW review blunder


Australia have utterly embarrassed the West Indies in the third and final ODI but while the world champions flexed their muscles, the visitors will have the shoulder their fair share of the blame.

While the West Indies once again took a slow and steady attitude before dropping from 1/38 to 86 all out — including losing their last six wickets for 15 runs — the rot actually started from the very first wicket of the match.

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In a game where everything went wrong for the West Indies, Kjorn Ottley got them off to the worst possible start.

After hitting two fours, Xavier Bartlett claimed the first of his four wickets in a player of the match — and series — performance.

Swinging it in to the left-hander, it looked to have trapped Ottley plumb with a peach of a ball.

The umpire had no hesitation and despite having a chat, Ottley accepted the decision.

On Triple M, James Brayshaw said: “That’s the first time we’ve seen that all summer — a man LBW and not sending it up.”

“Well hopefully it’s out because he’ll be disappointed if it’s not,” Mark Waugh added.

Well I guess he’d be disappointed.

What were they thinking? Photo: Fox Sports
What were they thinking? Photo: Fox SportsSource: FOX SPORTS

While it did hit his pad plumb in front, it was only after it took a massive inside edge.

“He’s smashed it — what an idiot,” Waugh yelled. “He’s smashed it.

“It sounded like there was two noises.

“My goodness, what are they doing? That is just unforgivable.”

On Fox Cricket, Mike Hussey said that even Ottley was looking on the inside of his bat, seemingly questioning if he’d hit it.

“That’s a big nick,” Isa Guha said. “I’m surprised he didn’t know.”

“I can’t believe he hasn’t reviewed that,” Hussey said.

Kerry O’Keeffe pondered: “Are the bats that good these days that there’s so much wood and it’s so soft that you don’t feel it?”

O’Keeffe tried to put a positive spin on it, saying it was a “selfless” act to just accept that it was plumb.

Snicko almost exploded. Photo: Fox SportsSource: FOX SPORTS
It was a free wicket for Xavier Bartlett. Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFPSource: AFP

However, it didn’t get any better from there as the Windies crumbled for 86.

Australia then reached the score in just 41 balls.


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