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ADELAIDE, Australia---Critics lined up to insert
their own D words into the Decision Review
System that was designed to reduce bad calls
in cricket but which overshadowed the day-
night test between Australia and New Zealand
D for Decision,
right or wrong, in
contentious cricket call
Dire, dreadful, disgraceful were a few of the
alternatives suggested to precede the review sys-
tem after Nigel Llong gave Australian batsman
Nathan Lyon the benefit of the doubt in a con-
tentious decision that significantly changed the
momentum of the match.
Australia was on 118-8 in reply to New
Zealand s 202 when Lyon attempted to sweep a
ball from Mitchell Santner early in the second
session and appeared to miss, was hit on the
shoulder and the ball lobbed up to slip.
The New Zealanders appealed for a catch,
believing Lyon had edged the ball as he swiped,
and immediately referred the decision to the TV
umpire when the Australian batsman was given
not out. Hotspot, the technology designed to
show a mark on the bat if it comes into contact
with the ball, appeared to highlight an edge on
the back of the blade and Lyon started walking
off the field after seeing the replay on a big sta-
dium screen. TV replays appeared to show the
seam of the ball change direction after Lyon
waved the bat past it.
It took minutes for Llong to review footage
and confer with the on-field umpires before
deciding the Hotspot was inconclusive because
it wasn t backed up by other technology which
uses audio to identify bat on ball. Lyon moved
from zero to 34 and shared a 74-run stand with
Peter Nevill, an instrumental partnership in help-
ing Australia add 106 after Llong s decision to
gain a 22-run lead.
Former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor, who
was out for 32 as New Zealand staggered to 116-
5 by stumps on Saturday, chose his words care-
fully to avoid a fine when he was asked about
"The players were pretty confident that it was
out," Taylor said. "Obviously the hot-spot that
showed up, Lyon walking off and nearly getting
to the boundary---I think it s had a big bearing
on the match."
Asked to elaborate on DRS, Taylor said: "We
can understand when the umpires make the
wrong decision on the field but once you ve got
so many different angles and what-not, you
think that more often than not, 99 to 100 percent
of the time you re going to get the right answer.
I guess we didn t today."
Hotspot isn t 100 percent accurate and DRS
hasn t been fully embraced in cricket, with the
powerful Indian board preferring not to use it
in test series.
Shane Warne, the former Australia legspinner
who is second on the all-time of most successful
bowlers, was among the commentators who high-
lighted the flaws.
"Horrible 5 mins of cricket & a terrible decision
by 3rd Umpire Nigel Long, clearly Lyon was out
& not to mention the fact Lyon walked off!"
Warne posted on Twitter. "Obvious mark on
hot-spot, Lyon clearly hit the ball on to his shoul-
der & he walked off the ground. Ridiculous waste
of time & wrong decision."
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum spoke
to the umpires on the field after the decision,
but Taylor declined to elaborate on that conver-
"He didn t really say much. That was the good
thing about it, once the decision was made he
was the first one to say, OK boys let s get on
with it but my Facebook is going off the hook
at the moment back home in New Zealand."
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