Nathan Lyon’s search for 400 Test wickets hit another DRS controversy on day two of the third Test as the Australian twice fell afoul of the system towards the close of play.
Lyon ended wicketless and could feel aggrieved about the ‘umpire’s call’ debate after it denied him wicket No.395 at the SCG as India scrapped their way to stumps without too much damage.
India will resume on Saturday 2-96, after Australia posted 338 thanks to a drought-breaking Steve Smith century (131) and 91 from Marnus Labuschagne.
Australia’s bowlers had Cheteshwar Pujara (9 from 53 balls) in typical wall mode but he and skipper Ajinkya Rahane 5) withstood the assault.
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But only just.Lyon convinced captain Tim Paine to go upstairs when he caught Pujara on the pads, while not offering a shot, having been turned down by umpire Paul Wilson.
But the Australians could only throw back their heads in frustration as the big screen showed the ball would have cleaned up off stump – but not with the 50 per cent required to overturn a decision.
Indian great Sachin Tendulkar recently called for an end to the contentious ‘umpire’s call’ when it comes to LBW decisions, and the movement is sure to gain momentum if the looks on the baggy green brigade were anything to go by late on day two.
Is it time for a review of the DRS system? Picture: Getty ImagesSource:DailyTelegraph
And it wasn’t the only video review which went against Lyon, who thought he had Rohit Sharma – who eventually fell to a caught and bowled from Josh Hazlewood on 26 – caught at bat pad off a tickle of the glove for 24 only to have the wicket scrubbed out by TV umpire Bruce Oxenford.
Replays weren’t supportive of Lyon, as Matthew Wade blocked the vision of the side-on hotspot which would’ve shown whether a mark was left on the glove.But the front-on shots were enough for former ICC umpire of the year Simon Taufel to agree that Sharma deserved a second life.
“The front-on shot for me did show a clear gap,” Tauful told Channel Seven.
“The ball was actually past the glove before the glove came down.”
Originally published asDRS controversy: Does review system need an overhaul?
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