Australian declared ‘intolerable’ after they were found not satisfied with the third umpire’s decision to give Kane Williamson not out.
Bowler Josh Hazlewood in sheer frustration said, “Who the **** is the third umpire”. A hefty fine and stern punishment are waiting for Hazlewood both from Cricket Australia and ICC.
The behavior of the Australian players and the language used just now towards the umpire was reprehensible. Nothing less.
— ian bishop (@irbishi) February 22, 2016
Technology and umpire Illingworth wave become a flashpoint in the trans-Tasman Test series with a controversial ruling that had New Zealand commentators described the Australian as ‘intolerable’. New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson was on 88 and providing stubborn resistance in Australia’s quest for victory that would see them secure the World No. 1 ranking when he was struck on the pad by a full delivery from Josh Hazlewood bowling around the wicket.
The appeal was turned down by the standing umpire Ranmore Martinesz and, after checking the ball had pitched in line, Steve Smith called for a review.
Umpire Illingworth found evidence that Williamson had got an inside edge on the ball from the slow motion replay and Hot Spot camera angles. He did not rely on Snicko technology, which is the most unreliable technology in cricket.
In the day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand, Nathan Lyon was not given out after Hot Spot suggested that he was out. Lyon was facing debutant spinner Mitchell Santner shortly after tea and as he attempted to sweep the ball, it passed the back of his bat, deflected after touching his and went through to first slip, who held the catch and appeared for the dismissal.
The decision was referred to television umpire Nigel Llong, who viewed numerous replays as play was held up for more than five minutes.
Hotspot technology showed a white mark on the back of Lyon’s bat, and was it appeared on the big screen at the Adelaide Oval, Lyon began walking from the field, assuming he was set to be given out. Snickometer was then used in an attempt to pick the noise of the ball connecting with the back of the bat, however, it failed to register any sound, and Lyon promptly began returning to the middle. He (34) then went on to add 84 runs building a partnership with Peter Nevill (66) that totally changed the course of the match as New Zealand’s hope of getting first innings lead was deprived.
Having decreed there was an edge, Illingworth did not proceed to ball tracking, which showed the ball to have pitched in line with leg stump with hitting the wickets. Umpire Illingworth was the standing umpire in the first Test of this first Test of this series in Wellington when he incorrectly called Doug Bracewell for a no ball that helped Adam Voges, who had been bowled. Voges went on to add 232. But, retiring captain Brendon McCullum were surprised, but did not react like Australia to umpire’a call.
The Australian were seemingly incredulous at Illingworth’ss ruling here and Smith was seen arguing with on-field umpire Martinesz. Smith shook his head his head in disagreement as he turned away Hazlewood also spoke to the umpire.
The New Zealand host broadcaster had the stump microphone levels elevated as the fast bowler was heard to shout in anger. “Who the **** is the third umpire”. stump mic audio was then isolated and posted on social media by Radio Sports NZ.