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Smith admits Lyon DRS decision was 'pretty big error'

Smith admits Lyon DRS decision was 'pretty big error'
Steven Smith (left) believes the third umpire Nigel Llong made an error in the third Test against New Zealand in Adelaide.
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Australian captain Steven Smith admitted that the decision by third umpire Nigel Llong to give Nathan Lyon not out in the third Test against New Zealand was a "pretty big error".

During the second day's play, Lyon attempted a sweep only to be caught at slip by Kane Williamson, but the on-field umpire Sundaram Ravi did not uphold the appeal.

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum immediately reviewed the decision and the Hot Spot cameras picked up an edge although the snickometer failed to register any spike. 

Third umpire Llong did not overturn the on-field call stating that he had no conclusive evidence of an edge much to the disbelief of the New Zealand players.

Lyon himself had started to walk back to the pavilion on seeing the Hot Spot replays but was called back and went on to score 34 more runs before being dismissed.

The decision prompted New Zealand Cricket to formally ask for a clarification from the International Cricket Council, who later admitted that the umpire made a wrong judgement.

Giving his view on the incident, Smith believed that Lyon was out as the replays on the big screen were quite evident.

“I think it probably was out, yeah.” Smith told Channel Nine.

“We saw it pretty clearly on the big screen and (Lyon) started walking off so I think that was a pretty big error.” 

Another point of discussion from the third Test against New Zealand was the use of Australia’s team masseur Grant Baldwin as a substitute fielder.

Mitchell Starc picked up an injury and Australia’s 12th man James Pattinson had been released to play in the Sheffield Shield for Victoria.

With local team South Australia playing in Tasmania, Australia were given three local club cricketers as substitute fielders.

Smith reasoned that he was not happy with the players given as substitutes and decided to ask Baldwin to take up the fielding duties.

“Grant’s been around the team for a long time.

“He works with us and he’s played second XI cricket for Victoria, so he’s no mug.

“From my point of view I wasn’t happy with the fielders we got provided to come and fill in.” 

Australia went on to win the first ever day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval by three wickets and claimed the Trans-Tasman trophy 2-0. 

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