International Cricket Council admitted that third umpire Nigel Llong made an error, declaring Nathan Lyon not out in the first ever day-night test between Australia and New Zeraland.
The controversial decision was made when Lyon was caught after the batsman’s top-edged sweep came off his shoulder to Kane Williamson at second slip.
However, field umpire Sundaram Ravi wasn’t convinced the ball made contact with the bat, which resulted in New Zealand’s challenge, but the decision did not play in their favour.
As a result, Llong’s decision altered the course of the game with Nathan Lyon and Peter Nevill going on to secure a match high 74-run partnership and Australia posting a first-innings total of 224.
The Black Caps went on to lose the match by three wickets and also the three match series 2-0 with one draw.
Coach Mike Hesson made a formal complaint to the ICC regarding Nigel Llong’s decision.
The ICC’s media Twitter account announced 24 hours later that, “Llong made an incorrect judgement, but had followed the correct procedures”.
Australia’s three-match series against the West Indies starts on December 10 at Blundstone Arena in Hobart and the Black Caps will on the same day take on Sri Lanka at University Oval, Dunedin in New Zealand. – Emma Kamil
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