12 December 2019 12:39
Australian cricket legend Michael Hussey has expressed his concerns after Australia's latest DRS failure during the first test match against New Zealand at Perth Stadium. His criticism comes as Joe Burns was cheaply dismissed for 9 after being hit on the pads by Colin de Grandhomme and given out LBW. However, his decision not to review it turned out to be crucial, with ball-tracking showing the delivery going down leg-side. Australia has been poor when it comes to reviewing decisions, with Tim Paine notoriously struggling throughout the Ashes series. This trend has concerned 'Mr Cricket', who believes that the side needs to change their process when it came to reviewing and attempt to take the emotion out of the decision.
"I know it's been a big concern in the camp as well. Statistically, we're the worst at it in the world," Hussey told Fox Sports at Perth Stadium. "I think the process needs to be worked on. Who's involved in the process, try to minimise that as much as possible, and try not to get too emotional about it." Hussey pin-pointed part of the problem to be the width at which Australian batters stand when they are at the non-strikers, which limits their effectiveness when it comes to reviewing LBW decisions. "As for the Joe Burns one I thought Warner could have been a bit closer to the umpire to give a better indication he might have a chance of picking up the right line and length," he said.
The star batsman was caught at leg gully after going after a short ball. He hit is straight to Southee and Wagner picks up the vital wicket of Smith Australia 3-207, 74.3 overs. Smith c Southee b Wagner 43 (164b) Steve Smith's indifferent summer has continued with a less-than-convincing knock, while fellow Ashes hero Marnus Labuschagne continued to reach new heights - but the news isn't great for Kiwi debutant Lockie Ferguson. FOLLOW LIVE INSIDE. Smith (31) has, along with Marnus Labuschagne (68), has steered Australia to 2-160 - though he is riding his luck, having been dropped by Tom Latham off Lockie Ferguson's bowling.
But if Joe Burns had decided to review his LBW decision he might still be out in the middle. Colin de Grandhomme looked to have trapped Burns in front but after consulting with David Warner opted against using the DRS. Reviews showed that the ball was sliding down leg and he would have had the decision overturned. Warner followed not long after for 43, falling to a magnificent one-handed return catch to Neil Wagner leaving Australia 2-76 at tea. Australia vs New Zealand, first Test every ball live and ad free on Fox Cricket 501 from 3pm AEDT December 12-16 It was an absolute screamer and bro, the Kiwis needed it. Five minutes before the lunch break, Neil Wagner sent a full toss at David Warner, who had been ticking along without incident on 43. Upcoming Matches Warner had designs on sending it back over Wagner's head with interest, but instead scooped it straight back to the bowler. Stream the Australia v New Zealand Domain Test Series Live & Ad-Break Free During Play with KAYO SPORTS. Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly> Wagner screamer ends Warner 1:01 MORE CRICKET NEWS DID YOU NOTICE? Perth's day-night Test session times have been flipped 'YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE MR NICE GUY': Warner tells off Southee after quick's feisty throw 'WE'RE THE WORST IN THE WORLD AT IT': The glaring issue Australia must fix DOES ANYONE LOVE IT MORE? Steve Smith absolutely belted out the national anthem Wagner, the Kiwis' best in a stinking hot and difficult first session, stumbled to his right and got fingers under the ball. It was so unlikely the sceptical Perth crowd needed convincing. But the replay confirmed Warner's fears and he commenced the long walk back to the rooms. LISTEN! New episode of The Follow-On podcast – Kiwis to watch, MCG pitch concerns ON YOUR PHONE? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN SUBSCRIBE: iTUNES | SPOTIFY | GOOGLE PODS Warner had looked set before Wagner's reflex screamer and had been largely untroubled coming off his epic 335 not out in Adelaide. A wry smile belied his frustration and had faded by the time he reached the fence, hurling his helmet into the ground. Warner couldn't believe it – but it was some catch by Wagner. Source: Getty Images Gasps reverberated around the stadium once replays were shown on the big screens. "Wagner is on a hot streak, [Warner] just chips it back and look at that … that's outstanding," Michael Vaughan said in commentary. "It was a full toss, I thought it was on the half-volley … what about that. Beautiful work from Wagner," Brendon Julian added. The breakthrough invited Australia's talisman Steve Smith to the crease with just minutes remaining in the opening session, before Wagner troubled the right-hander after the break with some awkward short-pitched bowling.