The DRS controversy involving Nathan Lyon was the only doubt regarding the complete success of the historic day and night test played at the Adelaide Oval. The controversy had a major bearing on the outcome, as Australia added some priceless runs, which later turned out to be decisive. New Zealand’s captain Brendon McCullum though, is in no mood to get too embroiled in the DRS controversy.
“At the time it was obviously incredibly frustrating.It definitely had a bearing on the game,” McCullum told reporters. “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,” said a calm McCullum.
“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,” McCullum added. “In the end, we still had an opportunity and we weren’t quite able to get across the line.”
Reflecting back on the series, McCullum said, “I think what we’ve seen in the last two Test matches is closer to where we want to be as a team and by the time that Australia arrive on our shores,” McCullum said. “I’m sure after a pretty intense summer as well, we’ll be almost reaching our peak as a team.” “In our own conditions it should be an interesting and enthralling series and if we can win those two, we’ll call it a 2-2 draw over a five-match series and our unbeaten run continues,” he concluded.