It took four matches but the summer has had its first blow up and it was between Australia coach Justin Langer and match referee David Boon.
Langer was seen in terse conversation with Boon before the start of the chase, with the Australian coach seemingly irate at India’s use of the concussion substitute.
India replaced Ravindra Jadeja with spinner Yuvendra Chahal after the all-rounder was struck on the helmet on the second ball of the final over of the first innings from Mitchell Starc.
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Langer gets HEATED with Boon
An over earlier Jadeja had suffered a right leg injury that seemed set to rule him out of bowling in the Australian innings, making Chahal’s substitution particularly beneficial to the tourists.
Jadeja did not undergo a concussion test at the time, continuing his innings and hitting nine runs off the final three balls.
The left-hander was struck flush on the helmet via a top edge so it was surprising he was not examined at the time as has become commonplace in cricket.
However ICC regulations also permit the concussion test to be conducted at the end of the over, which in this case coincided with the innings break.
There is also the possibility Jadeja suffered a delayed concussion, with symptoms only presenting themself during the mid-innings break
“Should he have had a concussion test there and then?” Mark Waugh said on Fox Cricket. “He would not have been able to bat.”
“You would think the Australian management would be saying wouldn’t there be protocols that need to be met to make that judgement,” Gilchrist added. “Because he scored the lion’s share of his runs after that.”
“You can’t have it both ways,” Waugh said. “You can’t have a substitute who can then bowl for you and then bat on.”
No Doctor or Physio came out to Test Jadeja for concussion … he then looks like his has done something to his leg … then they pull the concussion replacement .. !!!!! #RatSniffed #OnOn #AUSvIND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 4, 2020
Former England captain and Fox Sports analyst Michael Vaughan was suspicious of the concussion to Jadeja, tweeting he sniffed a “rat”.
“No doctor or physio came out to test Jadeja for concussion… he then looks like his [sic] has done something to his leg… then they pull the concussion replacement!!! #RatSniffed.”
India quickly added insult to the injury when Aaron Finch fell for 35 to a catch from Hardik Pandya off the bowling of, you guessed it, substitute bowler Chahal.