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    Should Steve Bucknor be allowed to umpire?

    I mean seriously, this guy is the worst umpire in the game. I don't remember the last time he made a good decision, or the last time he didn't make a ridiculously stupid decision. Is there a reason why ICC or any of the Cricket boards don't take action against him?

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    I think he had a great test match...........
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    Are you refering to the second test?

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    Cricket is a horribly complicated game to adjudicate, even the best umpires make mistakes. However there are mistakes that are forgivable and then there are the sort made by Bucknor today, in fact the LBW against Harmison given by his colleague was just as bad.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson
    Cricket is a horribly complicated game to adjudicate, even the best umpires make mistakes. However there are mistakes that are forgivable and then there are the sort made by Bucknor today, in fact the LBW against Harmison given by his colleague was just as bad.
    The best of umpires do make mistakes, but it's the number of mistakes, and how obvious they were that makes Steve Bucknor different from the best of umpires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dravid
    Are you refering to the second test?
    Yes I am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire
    Yes I am.
    Did you look at the Wicket that started the collapse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dravid
    I mean seriously, this guy is the worst umpire in the game. I don't remember the last time he made a good decision, or the last time he didn't make a ridiculously stupid decision. Is there a reason why ICC or any of the Cricket boards don't take action against him?
    Strange timing for this thread, mate - I've been a critic of his in the past, but Bucknor has been excellent the last couple of months, over the Champions Trophy and the first two tests of the Ashes in Australia.

    Might have made an error today with Strauss's decision, but in general he's been little short of fantastic, IMO. One of the biggest differences between this year's Ashes thread and that of the previous one has been the response to the standard of umpiring, which many have described as excellent - and much of it has been Bucknor.

    So I would say definitely yes, if he keeps up this standard.
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    What happened again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dravid
    Did you look at the Wicket that started the collapse?
    Have you seen any of the rest of the series? The umpiring so far in this Ashes series has been, in all seriousness, the best I have seen in any test series in my entire time watching cricket. There has been exactly one genuinely poor decision in the whole series so far (the one you mention here), and about 3 or 4 debatable ones at the absolute most. That's simply phenomenal for two high pressure tests, and Bucknor has been in both games.

    He has been a poor umpire in recent years, but he's turned back the clock in a huge way in the last few weeks, and you're the only person I've seen who hasn't been impressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Love™
    Strange timing for this thread, mate - I've been a critic of his in the past, but Bucknor has been excellent the last couple of months, over the Champions Trophy and the first two tests of the Ashes in Australia.

    Might have made an error today with Strauss's decision, but in general he's been little short of fantastic, IMO. One of the biggest differences between this year's Ashes thread and that of the previous one has been the response to the standard of umpiring, which many have described as excellent - and much of it has been Bucknor.

    So I would say definitely yes, if he keeps up this standard.
    I don't know what you are talking about him having a good CT. He was horrible as always from what I saw/can remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire
    What happened again?

    Bucknor single-handedly handed the Test Match to Australia on a plate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dravid
    I don't know what you are talking about him having a good CT. He was horrible as always from what I saw/can remember.
    Yeah, but I don't know if I trust your recall, given your carping over Bucknor and his performance this test/series.

    I actually thought he was pretty good during the CT. I mentioned when the umpires for the Ashes were announced that I believed Bucknor had really picked his socks up, and I think this series has shown that pretty conclusively.

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    Bad umpiring decisions are part of the game. The fact is that the international elite panel umpires, almost to a man, are better than any you'd find in the domestic structures. If those games were widely watched, every other thread would be about the umpires.
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    He's a decent umpire in genearl! U cant just discard him for one bad test match! As SS said, its just part of cricket these days. Not one umpire is perfect!

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