Hazlewood hammers New Zealand after review farce

28 Nov, 2015 2:09 pm

ADELAIDE – Paceman Josh Hazlewood stepped up in the absence of injured spearhead Mitchell Starc to give Australia a sniff of victory within three days after a farcical third umpire decision stole the tourists’ momentum during the third test on Saturday.

Hazlewood shone under the floodlights of Adelaide Oval with a miserly 3-32 and New Zealand slumped to 116-5 at the close of a roller-coaster day two, hounded by the hooping pink ball in the inaugural day-night test.

The Black Caps clung precariously to a 94-run lead after 13 wickets tumbled, adding to the 12 that fell on the opening day.

Debutant all-rounder Mitchell Santner (13 not out) and BJ Watling (7) were left to salvage something from the wreckage but New Zealand’s hopes of a series-levelling victory looked fraught as darkness descended.

It was a far different scenario earlier in the day as their bowlers tourists dominated in the sunshine and Australia crashed to 118-8 in reply to 202.

But third umpire Nigel Llong made a howling intervention, thumbing his nose at the decision review technology that strongly suggested spinner Nathan Lyon had nicked a catch to the slips from a bungled sweep shot.

A ball from debutant spinner Santner had ricocheted off Lyon’s upper arm and though field umpire Sundaram Ravi waved the appeal away, the ‘Hot spot’ technology showed a mark on his bat.

That was enough for Lyon who proceeded to walk back to the dressing room, but ‘Snicko’ showed no audio evidence and Llong dithered for five minutes watching angle after angle, raising jeers from the crowd of 42,372 before issuing his judgement.

“The players were pretty confident that it was out,” New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor told reporters.

“Obviously the hot-spot that showed up, Lyon walking off and nearly getting to the boundary, I think it’s had a big bearing on the match.”


It cost New Zealand their last review and triggered a momentum shift as Lyon and wicketkeeper Peter Nevill plundered the bowlers.

Lyon smashed Santner for 15 runs and a leg bye in one over before falling for 34, bringing a hobbling Starc to the crease who added to New Zealand’s pain with an unbeaten 24.

He blasted spinner Mark Craig over the long on fence twice in one over as Australia charged past New Zealand’s total.

Australia’s innings finally ended on 224, after Nevill was caught in the deep for 66, but the last two wickets added 108 and condemned New Zealand’s batsmen to defend in the most perilous evening session.

Hazlewood removed openers Martin Guptill (17) and Tom Latham (10) and later trapped Ross Taylor in front for 32.

Fast-bowling all-rounder Mitchell Marsh had Kane Williamson caught behind for nine and removed Brendon McCullum lbw for 20 as New Zealand’s hopes faded.

SCOREBOARD 

New Zealand 1st innings 202 (T. Latham 50) 
Australia 1st innings (Overnight: 54-2)
J. Burns                       b Bracewell               14  
D. Warner                      c Southee b Boult         1   
S. Smith                       c Watling b Craig         53  
A. Voges                       c Guptill b Southee       13  
S. Marsh                       run out (B. McCullum)     2   
M. Marsh                       c Watling b Bracewell     4   
P. Nevill                      c Santner b Bracewell     66  
P. Siddle                      c Latham b Craig          0   
J. Hazlewood                   b Santner                 4   
N. Lyon                        c Williamson b Boult      34  
M. Starc                       not out                   24  
Extras                         (b-5 lb-3 w-1)            9   
Total                          (all out, 72.1 overs)     224 
Fall of wickets: 1-6 D. Warner,2-34 J. Burns,3-63 A. Voges,4-67 S. Marsh,5-80 M. Marsh,6-109 S. Smith,7-109 P. Siddle,8-116 J. Hazlewoo,
9-190 N. Lyon,10-224 P. Nevill
Bowling                   
T. Southee                     17 - 1 - 50 - 1               
T. Boult                       17 - 5 - 41 - 2               
D. Bracewell                   12.1 - 3 - 18 - 3(w-1)        
M. Santner                     16 - 1 - 54 - 1               
M. Craig                       10 - 1 - 53 - 2               
New Zealand 2nd innings   
T. Latham                      c Nevill b Hazlewood      10  
M. Guptill                     c M. Marsh b Hazlewood    17  
K. Williamson                  c Nevill b M. Marsh       9   
R. Taylor                      lbw b Hazlewood           32  
B. McCullum                    lbw b M. Marsh            20  
M. Santner                     not out                   13  
B. Watling                     not out                   7   
Extras                         (b-6 lb-2)                8   
Total                          (for 5 wickets, 37 overs) 116 
Fall of wickets: 1-29 M. Guptill,2-32 T. Latham,3-52 K. Williamson,4-84 B. McCullum,5-98 R. Taylor
To bat: D. Bracewell, M. Craig, T. Southee, T. Boult
Bowling                   
J. Hazlewood                   16 - 5 - 32 - 3               
P. Siddle                      10 - 4 - 22 - 0               
M. Marsh                       8 - 0 - 44 - 2                
N. Lyon                        3 - 0 - 10 - 0                
Referees                  
Umpire: Richard Illingworth. –Reuters                                  
Umpire: Sundaram Ravi                                        
TV umpire: Nigel Llong                                       
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama



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