Cricket World Cup: Australia stung by controversial dismissal of Marcus Stoinis in loss to South Africa

Australia's Marnus Labuschagne says the team would seek clarity from World Cup match officials about the controversial manner in which Marcus Stoinis was given out after a review in their heavy defeat by South Africa.

All-rounder Stoinis was adjudged caught behind off a Kagiso Rabada delivery during the 18th over of Australia's unsuccessful chase of 312, after a review of the call by the onfield umpire, despite the batsman's bottom hand seemingly off the bat as the ball struck his glove.

Third umpire Richard Kettleborough adjudged that, although Stoinis' right glove was off the bat handle, it was in contact with the left one, which was holding on to the bat, but TV replays appeared to show a gap between the gloves.

Marcus Stoinis leaves the field after his dismissal against South Africa.
Marcus Stoinis leaves the field after his dismissal against South Africa. Photo credit: Getty Images

"The hand's connected to his top hand, therefore in contact with the bat and we've got a clear spike," said Kettleborough, as he asked onfield umpire Joel Wilson to reverse his original decision and give the batsman out.

A shocked Stoinis spoke with the onfield umpires, before eventually leaving for the dugout.

"It was certainly confusing, and I'm sure we'll get clarity or we're going to seek for clarity, because it's a World Cup and we don't want small decisions that can be avoided to change the outcomes of games," said Australia batsman Labuschagne.

"Obviously, in the situation we were in, it's hard to say that it was going to change the outcome, but for the future, you certainly want to make sure we get them right."

Labuschagne, whose 46 was the only notable score in the 134-run defeat, says Australia are disappointed at not putting up a fight in their loss to India at Chennai and again at Lucknow, and seek a response when they meet Sri Lanka on Monday.

"I'd consider us one of the top sides and it's disappointing that we haven't competed in the last two games, but we've got to make sure we're learning from these scenarios," he said.

"We faced probably two polar opposite extremes, heavy spin conditions against probably three of the best - well, two of the best spinners India's ever produced and probably one of the best white-ball spinners-  and then here against the seaming swinging ball, against a team that's also good in those conditions.

"We've got to get better and we've got to make sure that we come back stronger for the next fixture." 


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