Australia v England - 1st Test: Day 2
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 09: Ben Stokes of England bowls during day two of the First Test Match in the Ashes series between Australia and England at The Gabba on December 09, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Australia v England - 1st Test: Day 2

England's bowling coach Jon Lewis is less than impressed with the Gabba officiating and wasn't shy about it. This comes after Ben Stokes bowled four no-balls in a row, one of which bowled David Warner, with none being flagged until the fateful delivery.

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Gabba match officials have stated that a technical error was to blame for them going unpunished. The issue came to a head when England thought they had finally removed Warner.

Sadly for the tourists, the breakthrough proved a false dawn, with the ball being flagged for a front foot no-ball. It set the tone for a very tough day in the field for England, with several catches being dropped.

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Lewis complained after day two that Stokes should have been punished for the first no-ball. As a result, he claims the All-Rounder wouldn't have bowled the next three.

As reported by FoxSports, Lewis said "What a fast bowler needs is some sort of understanding of where his feet are.

“You can’t see your own feet. So the umpires are watching the line, and after the first ball, that’s Ben’s first ball on this ground in probably eight years.

“In England you have bowl throughs in the morning, but you don’t have them in Australia on the square, so he’ll need some feedback from the umpires to understand where his feet are.

"It would’ve been nice for his first ball to be called a no-ball, so he could then have made an adjustment, and from then he would’ve been behind the line because he then knows where his feet are.”

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The ICC has used auto no-ball technology for the past two years, which relies on a series of cameras to help the third umpire make calls on front foot no-balls.

It's being reported that it was this technology which failed to pick up Stokes' first three no-balls. With England already struggling in the match, the error has proven costly.

As both sides agreed to play under the old conditions where no-balls are reviewed by third umpire after a wicket has fallen, the complaints are falling on deaf ears.

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Both pundits and fans alike voiced their objection to the failure, claiming it has cost England dearly. At a crucial juncture of the match, the moment swung in Australia's favour and added more woe to a bad day for England.

England face a monstrous task to stay alive in the match, with it looking now like only rain can save them.