Joe Root and England could be punished after umpire confrontation over Ben Stokes 'catch'

Joe Root, Stuart Broad and James Anderson could face disciplinary action after surrounding the umpire following a controversial Ben Stokes ‘catch’. Shubman Gill egded Broad to Stokes and England thought they had their first wicket.

The third umpire ruled not out though as the ball appeared to touch the ground before Stokes held it.

It was a disastrous day in Ahmedabad for England who were skittled for 112 after winning the toss and choosing to bat.

The on-field umpire Anil Chaudhary’s soft signal was out which meant the third umpire needed to find categorical evidence the decision was wrong to overturn it.

When Gill survived, Root, Broad and Anderson were all left furious and confronted Chaudhary.

Root and England coach Chris Silverwood spoke to match referee Javagal Srinath after play to register their displeasure.

“The captain and head coach acknowledged the challenges the umpires faced and asked respectfully that in making any decisions there was consistency in the process,” said an ECB spokesman.

“The match referee said the captain was asking the right questions of the umpires.”

The ICC Code of Conduct says “excessive, obvious disappointment with an umpire’s decision” or “arguing or entering into a prolonged discussion with the umpire about his decision,” could lead to sanctions.

It could lead to Root, Broad and Anderson all being in hot water as a result.

Stokes also burst out laughing when the decision was deemed to be not out before applauding but it is not known whether this was sarcastic or not.

England batsman Zak Crawley, the only man to impress scoring 53, gave his verdict at the end of the day.

“It is frustrating,” he said. “It doesn’t help our chances of winning when the 50-50s don’t go with us. It’s out of our control.

“We can make it a bit easier for the umpires by taking wickets without the need for 50-50s.”

Crawley said that England were angry with the sense of double standards, with a number of replays being used before it was found that Jack Leach had been taken at slip during England’s innings.

The verdicts on India’s batsmen, in contrast were often rushed with just one camera angle used.

“When we batted Jack had a similar sort of one where it didn’t quite carry and it seemed like they looked at it from five or six different angles,” he said.

“When we were fielding it seemed like they looked at it from one angle. That’s where the frustrations lie.

“I can’t say whether they were out or not out, but I think the frustrations lie with not checking more thoroughly.”

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