This new umpire from Pakistan seemed very hesitant to give LBW's
against the Australian batsmen when the South Africans were bowling.
One expected him to give the same treatment to the South African
batsmen. However, Smith's decision was not plumb. It was at best 50/50
as the ball might have just clipped the bails. Its interesting that we
never saw hawkeye for this delivery which was given out.
A.B. Devilliers was out but then so were a couple of the Australian
batsmen (in similar or actually situations where it seemed more out)
yet the benefit of the doubt was given to them.
One expected this umpire to be consistent. Still, at least one of the
LBW's should have gone South Africa's way.
There has been some discussion that the home teams are generally
favored by umpires all over the world. While this may or may not be
true I have noticed that the Australian bowlers do get more decisions
in their favor even when they are touring. I have seen 50/50 decisions
go more in their favor even by neutral umpires when they are touring.
Could it have something to do with the Australian personality. Do the
Australians somehow manage to win over the umpires in a subtle way.