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What is Law 29.1? The Law That Saved Steve Smith in 5th AshesTest

The Ashes are one of the most intense and passionate rivalries in cricket, and this can sometimes lead to controversy. The series dates back to 1882, and it is one of the oldest and most intense rivalries in cricket. This history of rivalry can lead to some bad blood between the players, and this can sometimes lead to controversy. 

The Ashes series is one of the most important series in cricket, and the winner of the series is often considered to be the best team in the world. This high level of competition can lead to some players doing whatever it takes to win, even if it means bending the rules.

Another reason for so many controversies in the Ashes series is that it gets a lot of media attention from both Australia and England. The players are in spotlight 24 by 7 and they are grilled for their performance during the match. The top bookmakers in India have great odds for cricket with them.

A similar incident took place during the 2nd day of the fifth Test of the series where English wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow and Australian batting maestro Steve Smith got involved in a bizarre moment. On a delivery by Chris Woakes, Steve Smith ran for a double but Bairstow, with a help of a throw from George Elham, connected the ball to the stumps.

To make sure the decision is right, ground Umpires requested the third umpire to give the conclusion. From different angles, it was visible that Smith’s bat was not inside the crease and hence Smith was given out.

However, as Steve Smith, who was playing at 48, was walking toward the pavilion, one of the angles with the Third Umpire was showing that Smith is not out and hence the decision was reversed immediately. Everyone was stunned and Smith came back to the pitch his innings.

What is Law 29.1?

According to Law 29.1 in international cricket, “The wicket is broken when at least one bail is completely removed from the top of the stumps, or one or more stumps is removed from the ground.”

So basically, when the third umpire looked closely, it was found out that Bairstow dislodged the bails before picking up the ball in his hands, and one-half of the bail was still on the wicket when Smith’s reached the safe position. The situation was confusing for the field umpires and the players on the ground and it was pure luck of Steve Smith that he was saved from going back to the pavilion. 

The situation was criticized by England players after the match and Stuart Broad even came forward once the day ended and said that it was puzzling for everyone to accept the decision and even said that if the bails would have been the Zing bails, the decision would have been in favour of England.

End of the Ashes 2023

The Ashes 2023 has come to an end and this year, the series was filled with multiple controversies. One of the biggest controversies was Jonny Bairstow getting run out while walking towards the non-striker's end. 

The moment raised a lot of questions about the spirit of cricket and the actual laws of cricket. However, with two consecutive wins in the first two matches, Australia has declared its supremacy over England. This has been a good year for Australia when it comes to the red-ball format as they also won the World Test Championship after defeating India in the final match. 

The Australian squad will be going back home with a lot of positivity and now all the eyes will be on the ODI World Cup 2023.

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My name is Aditya Dara and I am the Cricket expert of Betindia. Growing up in Hyderabad I have been an SRH fan all my life. I have 5 years of experience in betting on cricket, especially on IPL and matches of the Indian national team. I love writing about cricket related subjects and giving tips for cricket predictions on many different leagues. Keep an eye out for my content if you are interested in cricket betting.

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