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New Zealand seek clarification from ICC on DRS howler

New Zealand seek clarification from ICC on DRS howler
Mike Hesson (left) was clearly unhappy with the decision of the third umpire Nigel Llong on Nathan Lyon in the first innings of the Adelaide Test.
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The New Zealand team management has asked for clarification from the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the controversial decision involving Nathan Lyon in the first innings of the third Test against Australia in Adelaide.

Lyon was batting on nought when he attempted a sweep off Mitchell Santer and the ball ricocheted off his arm and was caught by Kane Williamson at second slip.

A confident New Zealand team went for a review after the on-field umpire Sundaram Ravi turned down the appeal.

Third umpire Nigel Llong failed to overturn the on-field umpire's decision despite hot spot replays indicating an edge, even though snickometer showed nothing.

The fact that Lyon himself started to walk seeing the replays on the giant screen further questioned the decision of the third umpire.

The decision had a telling effect on the game as Lyon was involved in a 74-run stand for the ninth wicket with Peter Nevill to ensure a crucial 22-run lead for Australia in the first innings.

Mike Hesson, who was visibly frustrated at the controversial decision, said on Monday that the New Zealand management is awaiting an "acceptable response" from the ICC on the issue. 

"It was excellent, wasn't it? I think everyone at the ground saw what unfolded," Hesson said.

"It's been spoken about a lot.

“We've certainly made a representation to the ICC and at present we're still awaiting an acceptable response."

Confirming that both New Zealand Cricket and the team management have made the inquiry on the decision with the match referee Roshan Mahanama, Hesson remained tight lipped on what his side was specifically demanding from the ICC.

"There's been official representation from New Zealand Cricket, and from the team management as well," he said.

"We're going through the proper channels and we're awaiting a response.

"There is a process that needs to be followed with these decisions and we need to make sure that process was followed correctly.

"We don't talk to umpires involved in the game during the game," he said.

"We try and go through the appropriate channels.

“Roshan Mahanama's the match referee and he's the initial point of contact."

Meanwhile, ICC chief executive Dave Richardson played down the incident as he was adamant that Llong followed the right process, but in the end it came down to what he believes was a "judgement call".

"That's not appropriate for me to comment on. I'm sure people have already made their mind up about that already," Richardson told the Sydney Daily Telegraph.

"Sometimes a decision can be quite crucial in the context of a match.

"No issues (with the process). I was watching it on television when it happened and I think the process was OK.

"Umpiring decisions are mostly up to the umpire's judgement and you can't be guaranteed which way it's going to go in individual instances."

New Zealand made a spirited fightback in Adelaide accounting for seven wickets in the final innings while defending 187 but they could not prevent Australia from winning the series 2-0.

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