International Cricket Council (ICC) reviewed the decision of Nigel Long in the first ever day-night Test at Adelaide Oval as New Zealand Cricket seeks clarification over the use Decision Review System (DRS) at the Adelaide Oval day. ICC said the third umpire of the historic day-night Test Nigel Long has taken a wrong decision but “followed the correct protocol, but made an incorrect judgement.”

Australia have defeated New Zealand by three wickets to win the first ever Day-Night Test. But, the result could be different if Long could not take the wrong decision after watching the replay of Nathan Lyon’s shoulder-bat catch. But, that one wrong decision changed the course of the match as it was reflected in the result. Nathan Lyon and Peter Nevill’s eight wicket partnership added more than hundred runs that helped Australia to take 22 runs first innings lead over New Zealand. Lyon scored 34 while Nevill scored gutsy 66. Australia were 116 for 8 till the morning session of the second day. But, the second session of the day proved instrumental for the match as the partnership between Nevill and Lyon all the difference in the match. New Zealand lost their grip over the match.

 

“The players were pretty confident that it was out,” said an annoyed Taylor. “Obviously, the Hot Spot showed up … Lyon walking off and nearly getting to the boundary. It’s had a big bearing on the match. But it is what it is, and we’ve just got to get on with it.”

On the third day, when Trent Boult started coming hard on the Australia’s tail the host had three wickets in hand and two runs were needed. But, for a while Boult showed he could still make it for New Zealand. So, if New Zealand got the first innings lead they could script their name on the positive side of the history. Third umpire Nigel Long probably realised that what a serious mistake he made that is why he looked despondent at the post-match ceremony. He watched all angles through the hot spot, which marked a spot on the bat. But his decision to give Lyon not out after using Snickometer, which is least trusted, has changed the course of the match.

But, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum downplayed the DRS controversy after the match as he said,”At the time it was obviously incredibly frustrating.It definitely had a bearing on the game”. “You hope that when mistakes are made, they don’t have a major bearing on the game but, I guess, none of us are naive enough to overlook that fact that it did in this instance.

“But, to Australia’s credit, they seized that opportunity as well. They were able to put on two very strong last wicket partnerships which gave them a short lead but also, more importantly, gave them time out of the game in terms of when we were going to be able to bat under lights,” MacCullum signed off. 

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