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England to complain about Indian umpire

Press Association logoPress Association 29/01/2017 Rory Dollard

England will complain about umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin to the match referee after the Indian official dismissed Joe Root for lbw off an inside edge in the series-levelling Twenty20 defeat in Nagpur.

Shamshuddin was not originally listed to stand in the match, as per the ICC's schedule, but found himself in the eye of the storm when he gave an incredulous Root out with just eight runs needed from the final over.

Earlier in the game, the 46-year-old had raised eyebrows by giving Virat Kohli not out to a clear lbw.

Root was visibly annoyed at his dismissal and assistant coach Paul Farbrace appeared to share a couple of choice words with the official when the sides shook hands following a dramatic finish, which set up a winner-takes-all shootout in Bangalore on Wednesday.

The mood in the away dressing room would have been considerably better had they managed to get over the line without Root but Jasprit Bumrah closed out an engrossing match in style with some magnificent death bowling.

England captain Eoin Morgan, bristling in the post-match conference, said of Root's departure: "There is extreme frustration, absolutely.

"It shifted momentum, first ball of the 20th over. Losing a batsman who's faced 40 balls on a wicket that's not that easy to time it on is quite a bit of a hammer blow. It's proved very costly all things considered," he said.

Asked if England would take their observations to the International Cricket Council, or match referee Andy Pycroft, he added:

"Absolutely. We have an opportunity to do before the next game.

"It's part and parcel of the job, to be able to cope with the pressure and make good decisions more often than not.

"The fact that comes out of today's game as a highlight is disappointing, it shouldn't be like that. It should be a good performance by both teams and a really competitive game.

"But we will draw a line under it tonight and move on to think about what we may come up against in Bangalore."

One thing they know they will not be seeing in the Garden City is the DRS referral system. While it is now widely used in Tests and one-day internationals, the ICC have resisted the temptation to offer teams any reviews in the shortest form.

The feeling is that it would slow down a format that is built around its brevity but Morgan believes it is time to revisit that verdict.

"The fact it's not used is a concern," he said.

"There is as much on the line as there is in a Test or a one-day match, so no reason why it shouldn't be used."

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