Twitterati demand change in “soft signal” rule after Zak Crawley’s low catch of Devon Conway is deemed not out by umpires

The soft signal from the on-field umpire suggested not out which seemed to have ultimately impacted the decision.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 11 June 2021 6:27 pm

Cricket is a game of fine margins and who better than New Zealand to tell this. The Kiwis tasted the bitterness of the game in the World Cup final in 2019 when despite a tie in super-over, it was the Eoin Morgan-led side that was crowned the 50-Overs World Cup winner. However, a bit of that luck seems to have gone their way in the ongoing Test match between the two countries. After scoring 303 in the first innings, Stuart Broad got England off to a great start by removing Tom Latham early. It could have been two down for Kiwis in the second ball of the 10th over but that wasn't to be.

Notably, in form Devon Conway, edged this away swinger from Broad with Zak Crawley, stationed at third slip, claiming a low catch in front of the second slip. However, the soft signal from the on-field umpire suggested not out which seemed to have ultimately impacted the decision. Although the replay showed that there were some fingers underneath the ball, there wasn't enough evidence to overturn the on-field decision. What added to the confusion was third umpire Michael Gough's observation who noted, "The ball is clearly on the ground." From what was made visible on the TV and giant screen, it looked far closer than what Gough suggested. The crowd at Edgbaston as well as the home team did not look particularly pleased.

As a result of that decision, Conway survived and is reviving the New Zealand innings along with Will Young.

Here is how Twitter reacted: