Alex Carey, the Australian goalkeeper, justified the decision to award Schopman Gill on day four of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India at Kennington Oval. South Australia felt Cameron Green’s catch was clean, as far as he stood.

The fourth innings over eight saw Gill edge one to slip when Cameron Green snuck a left hand and caught it. However, replays seem to indicate that the all-rounder may have used the weed ball.

Going to the third umpire, he was ruled out by Richard Kettleborough, prompting captain Rohit Sharma to argue with the umpires.

Speaking to the announcer after today’s play, Carey said:

“It looked good to me (in the catch green), we were happy, and the right decision was made.”

After the wicket, the fans on the field began chanting “cheating” to the Greens. The 23-year-old had taken another tile in the first innings to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane.

“I think we’ve got races on the board” – Alex Carey is optimistic ahead of Day Five

Alex Carey (Image credits: Twitter)
Alex Carey (Image credits: Twitter)

Reflecting on the ongoing 71-year partnership between Virat Kohli and Rahan, the 31-year-old emphasized the need for patience to create seven more chances.

“I think we’ve got runs on the board, always looking for more wickets, but they’ve played well. We’ll have another chance tomorrow. Class bowlers, that’s a good partnership; we need to be patient, hit the right spots and hope the wickets come through.”

Carey played a crucial role in giving Australia a lead of 443 with an unbeaten 66 after reaching a loss to Marnus Labuschagne in the third of the day. The left-hander shared a listed 90 runs with Mitchell Starc, taking the side from 167-6 to 260.

India started chasing 444 runs briskly, with Rohit Sharma sharing strong partnerships with Gill and Chitchwar Pujara. India needed to extend chase for the highest ever run in Test history to win the game, despite reaching the Stumps on 164-3.

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