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Alastair Cook shuts down Stuart Broad's objection to controversial Usman Khawaja catch

Ashes 2017: Alastair Cook shuts down Stuart Broad's objection to controversial Usman Khawaja catch

Alastair Cook suggested England should take Usman Khawaja's word on a scrambling catch at the MCG but Stuart Broad was seemingly somewhat miffed about the process that led to his dismissal.

Broad's knock of 56 ended late on day three of the fourth Ashes Test after third umpire Joel Wilson agonised over footage of a catch in the deep.

The ball temporarily bobbled out of a diving Khawaja's hands but it was unclear from replays whether it ever scraped the turf before he regained control.


The verdict on the field was out, so Wilson stuck with that decision and gave Broad his marching orders.

"How do I not get a fine from this? It was tricky to tell from 80 yards away," Broad quipped.

"Once the soft decision is given out, it's always quite tricky to overturn."

Cook interrupted his teammate at that point of the interview with ABC Radio, describing Khawaja as a "pretty straight" cricketer.

England's former captain advanced on those comments in his press conference.

"He was pretty confident it was a catch. Sometimes on those things you do have to take the player's words," Cook said.

"There's no reason for him to say otherwise.

"I'm not sure how they (umpires) could see it from being so far away.

"But I don't think we really need to get drawn into those situations - sometimes you have to trust the player and he was confident."

Broad had a quick chat with Australia wicketkeepeer Tim Paine on Thursday while Wilson studied the catch from all angles.

Cook's record-breaking knock of 244 not out means the incident is unlikely to matter much in the context of the game.

But the issue of clean catches - and whether to take a rival's word or defer to the third umpire - remains an ongoing debate and has prompted some heated clashes in the past.

Anil Kumble was filthy after Michael Clarke claimed a low slips catch during a tense finish to the SCG Test in 2008.

"Only one team was playing with the spirit of the game, that's all I can say," Kumble said at the time.

Ricky Ponting also raged after that match which started the 'monkeygate' saga.

"There's no way I grounded that ball. If you're actually questioning my integrity in the game, then you shouldn't be standing there," Ponting told an Indian journalist, who asked about a catch Australia's skipper claimed.

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