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There was more delay as Stuart Broad and England captain Joe Root questioned the two umpires, Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus, as to the game’s law around the dispensing of the bails. @ AFP

It turned out to be a very windy post-lunch session that created plenty of chaos on the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test at Manchester. During the session, due to the strong winds that resulted in the bails falling off, the umpires were briefly forced to remove them which triggered quite a debate on social media.

It was not just the bails that caused stoppage in play, but Marnus Labuschagne pulled away few times as crisp packets were blowing across the field.

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There was more delay as Stuart Broad and England captain Joe Root questioned the two umpires, Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus, as to the game’s law around the dispensing of the bails.

According to Law 8.5: “The umpires may agree to dispense with the use of bails, if necessary. If they so agree then no bails shall be used at either end. The use of bails shall be resumed as soon as conditions permit.”

Law 29.4 then adds: “If the umpires have agreed to dispense with bails in accordance with Law 8.5, it is for the umpire concerned to decide whether or not the wicket has been put down.

“After a decision to play without bails, the wicket has been put down if the umpire concerned is satisfied that the wicket has been struck by the ball, by the striker’s bat, person or items of his/her clothing or equipment.”

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However, after the bails were removed, fourth umpire Rob Bailey entered the field with heavy bails to allow the game to continue as normal.

Bails – zing bails – not falling on numerous occasions when struck were the talking point in the World Cup. Joe Root also benefited from the bails not falling in the first Ashes Test when a delivery flicked his off stump without dislodging them.