The historic Day and Night test at the Adelaide Oval was in the midst of a serious controversy in relation to the much-debated Decision Review System (DRS). With the score reading 118-8, Australia’s spinner Nathan Lyon attempted a sweep shot off Mitchell Santner and the ball bounced off Lyon’s shoulder, before going straight into the hands of Kane Williamson at gully.
The Kiwi fielders were confident right away and opted for DRS after umpire S. Ravi felt it was not out. The third umpire availed the use of technology and saw a spike on the Hot Spot. A mark on the hot spot should have been enough to conclude that it was an edge. However, the snicko did not detect anything, and based on that, the third umpire gave the decision of not out.
The game surely changed from there on, as the next wicket fell 74 later, allowing Australia a great let off. Former Australian spin wizard Shane Warne slammed the functioning of the DRS in a tweet. In his tweet, Warne said, “Obvious mark on hot-spot, Lyon clearly hit the ball on to his shoulder & he walked off the ground.”“Ridiculous waste of time & wrong decision.”
Warne’s comments make a lot of sense, as the use of DRS has been very questionable in recent times. To make matters worse, New Zealand also lost out on a crucial review. Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor too commented, “The players were pretty confident that it was out.” “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.”