Hazlewood left stunned by DRS controversy

December 02, 2022 05:00 PM AEDT | By AAPNEWS
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Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood and skipper Pat Cummins were left flabbergasted after the Decision Review System gave West Indies star Jason Holder a surprise reprieve at Optus Stadium.

Holder was given out lbw for six midway through day three on Friday when he was struck on the back pad by Hazlewood.

The former West Indies captain reviewed the decision in the hope the ball-tracking technology would show the delivery sailing just over the stumps.

Hot spot showed there was no edge, but TV umpire Kumar Dharmasena was intrigued when Snicko registered a faint sound.

Despite the ball being marginally past the bat when the sound was registered, Dharmasena was convinced the ball had been edged, and subsequently reversed the on-field decision.

Hazlewood let his displeasure be known, with the paceman indicating with his fingers how much of a gap there was between bat and ball.

Cummins followed suit, with another Australian player pointing out that Holder reviewed the decision only because he thought it struck him too high. 

"No use arguing with me, I gave it out," umpire Rod Tucker said.

Ball-tracking technology showed the ball hitting the top of the stumps, meaning Holder would have been given out if Dharmasena had deemed there was no edge. 

Holder went on to make 27 before being brilliantly caught at leg slip by David Warner off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.

The wicket left the West Indies at 4-209 in reply to Australia's 4-598 declared.


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