During a County Championship Division Two game between Worcestershire and Sussex, Azhar Ali comically struck a ball that was rolling. Ali’s action in the game that ended in a tie attracted notice. The Pakistani hitter immediately apologised for his behaviour, though.
Azhar was playing for Worcestershire in the second innings with a score of 91 when Sussex bowler Henry Crocombe’s ball fell out of his fingers just as he was about to deliver it. When the ball started to move outside of the pitch, Azhar stretched out and whacked it for a four.
The umpire quickly informed Azhar that it was a dead ball, and the hitter then expressed regret for his behaviour.
— Worcestershire County Cricket Club (@WorcsCCC) May 7, 2023
Azhar led Worcestershire and Sussex to a draw in his innings, scoring 103 runs off 279 balls.
Speaking of the game, Sussex captain Cheteshwar Pujara chose to bowl first after winning the toss.
264 were scored by Worcestershire in their first innings at the total. The leading scorers were Adam Hose and Matthew Waite, who both scored 59 runs. Ollie Robinson provided stats of 7 for 59 in the meanwhile.
Pujara shone with a 136-run effort as Sussex struck 373 all out in their first innings. In the innings, Joe Leach and Josh Tongue each took three wickets.
Before the game ended in a draw, Worcestershire’s second innings tally of 251 for 8 included Azhar’s undefeated century.