New Zealand have sent a ‘please explain’ to the International Cricket Council over the controversial decision review system call which spared Nathan Lyon in the third Test.
The furious Black Caps want to know how video umpire Nigel Llong arrived at the verdict which angered coach Mike Hesson and baffled many cricket followers.
The Kiwis were confident they would have an appeal for a catch against Lyon overturned by DRS only for the original verdict to remain despite strong evidence suggesting the Australian had hit the ball.
“It was excellent, wasn’t it?” Hesson replied when asked about his thoughts on DRS.
Had Lyon, who had yet to score, been given out, Australia would have been 9-118, 84 runs behind the Black Caps. The tailender made a vital 34, enabling the hosts to turn what was shaping as a sizeable first-innings deficit into a 22-run lead.
Senior Black Caps Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum both felt the decision had played a major part in the outcome of the match, which Australia won by three wickets.
Hesson was seething on Monday morning, revealing the Black Caps have made contact with match referee Roshan Mahanama and the ICC over the contentious call.
The coach was at pains to point out the Kiwis did not have any qualms over the technology, just how it was used.
“Technology has got a bit of a bad rap, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the technology,” Hesson said.
“There is a process that needs to be followed with these decisions and we need to make sure that process was followed correctly.
“I think everyone at the ground saw what unfolded. I think it’s been spoken about a lot. We’ve certainly made a representation to the ICC. At present we’re still waiting an acceptable response.”
Llong, a member of the ICC’s elite panel of umpires, has come under widespread criticism for the decision, particularly for his explanation – “that could have come from anywhere” – on how a Hot Spot mark was left on Lyon’s bat.
Llong said he used all technology and angles available to him but could not be convinced Lyon had hit the ball.
Llong, however, noticed a white mark on Lyon’s bat from the front on view of Hot Spot then asks for another replay to look for a deflection. It is unclear whether Llong detected a deflection. Real Time Snicko did not record an edge.
“I’ve got no conclusive evidence about this. I’ve looked at everything I’ve got, I can’t find anything to say he’s definitely hit this,” Llong told umpire S. Ravi.
“No RTS, there’s a mark on the bat but it could come from anywhere from a flash so give it not out.”
It’s not uncommon for batsmen to be given out with only one piece of technology indicating an edge. England’s Ian Bell was ruled out in the Perth Test of the 2013-14 Ashes purely on RTS evidence with Hot Spot not revealing a mark