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WATCH: Moeen Ali controversial stumping in Ashes opener leaves England fans irked

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New Delhi: Cricket can be a game of fine lines but England fans were irked that all-rounder Moeen Ali was judged on the wrong side of one when stumped on Day 4 of the series-opening Ashes Test at The Gabba on Sunday.

Battling with Jonny Bairstow to push England to a respectable total, Moeen`s back foot strayed forward as he played and missed at a ball from spinner Nathan Lyon, with wicketkeeper Tim Paine sharply whipping off the bails.

The decision was referred upstairs and after lengthy deliberation using an array of angles, the third umpire Chris Gaffaney of New Zealand gave Moeen out for 40.

Also read: Australia 56 runs away from Gabba victory

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Watch the dismissal that has the cricket world talking: https://t.co/4cEypIet0m#Ashespic.twitter.com/0P6iVEQRW3

— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 26, 2017

Outstanding glovework from Tim Paine for that stumping and he LOVED it when the decision came back! #Ashes#ohwhatafeeling@Toyota_Auspic.twitter.com/0m3aYUSWA5

— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 26, 2017

While it appeared a marginal decision, there was no benefit of the doubt given to the batsman and English fans at The Gabba greeted the dismissal with jeers as their team slumped to 155 for six, clinging to a precarious 129-run lead.

England`s `Barmy Army` queried the integrity of the line in a post on Twitter, as it did appear to be wider at the middle of the pitch than at the edges.

The decision was quickly dubbed `Shoddy-line` on social media and English fans` annoyance can only have grown as their team lost their last four wickets in a hurry to be dismissed for 195, leaving Australia 170 to chase for victory.

At Stumps, Australia 114 without loss with Warner unbeaten on 60 and Bancroft not out 51, needing just 56 runs to go one up in the Ashes series.

(With Reuters inputs)

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