Giovedì, 11 Febbraio 2016 11:12

<div>Sport24.co.za | Umpiring drama works in Oz's favour</div>

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Wellington - The Australia-New Zealandcricket series faced a fresh umpiring drama on the opening day of the firstTest in Wellington on Friday with Australian batsman Adam Voges given areprieve after being bowled.

After New Zealand were swiftly dismissedfor 183 Australia were well on top at 147-3 at stumps but could just as easilyhave been four down.

Voges was bowled in the last over of theday by Doug Bracewell, only for umpire Richard Illingworth to signal a no ball.

Television replays, however, confirmed itwas a legitimate delivery.

Australian bowler Josh Hazlewood, thetourists' chief destroyer with four for 42, said the incident brought backmemories of the dismissal of Mitchell Marsh in a one-day match a week ago.

Marsh was given not out on a caught andbowled appeal only for the decision to be overturned after a huge crowd uproarwhen a replay on the big screen showed the ball had not hit the ground as firstthought.

"We were just hoping it did not comeup on the big screen too quickly," Hazlewood said, with the Australiansaware a mistake had been made with the Voges decision.

"The umpires made the decision and wecan just go off that. That's what they're there for, to make those toughdecisions and that's how it went."

New Zealand were disappointed but MarkCraig said there was nothing they could do about the ruling.

"That's cricket. Once his (theumpire's) arm goes out there's not much you can do about it. That's the way itgoes," he said.

"There's obviously a bit ofdisappointment but we can't do much about it."

Craig top scored for New Zealand with anunbeaten 41 in an innings that only lasted 48 overs and folded within twosessions.

He also took the valuable wicket of SteveSmith caught and bowled for 71 after the Australian skipper had resurrected hisside from a woeful start when they were two for five in the third over.

Craig had previously dropped Smith on 18.

Australia resume on Saturday with UsmanKhawaja on 57 and Voges on seven.

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