Australia Vs New Zealand third test, day three, talking points: No ball dilemma, Nathan Lyon

Australia are back in command with a 243-run lead at stumps on day three with rain scheduled for day four.

After bowling New Zealand out for 251 on day three, an interesting declaration is on the cards with New South Wales expecting a much-needed downpour.

Here are the talking points from day two of the third Test between Australia and New Zealand.

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The cricket world is once again torn over the use of technology in the game after yet another no ball debacle stole a wicket from Australia.

While the ICC has embraced technology, it’s shortfalls were once again evident at the SCG.

James Pattinson had almost claimed his first wicket of the match when New Zealand debutant Glenn Phillips holed out to Travis Head at the mid wicket boundary.

Phillips was on 28 when he lost his patience and skied Pattinson’s bouncer with an erratic pull shot

As Australia celebrated the breakthrough, umpire Aleem Dar went upstairs to check the front foot.

But as has happened throughout the summer with Naseem Shah from Pakistan, who was denied his first wicket through overstepping, Pattinson overstepped.

The Victorian paceman followed in the footsteps of Shah, with Phillips handed another life.

The 23-year-old Kiwi went on to accumulate has maiden Test half century, scoring 52 on debut.

During their coverage, Channel 7 pointed out Pattinson had already overtopped the crease five times during his previous two overs, none of which were called by Dar.

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting voiced his frustration with on-field umpires seemingly relying on technology to rule on no balls, calling the ongoing matter an “epidemic”.

“I’m not having it for one minute that umpires are looking down at that front line,” Ponting said on Sunday.

“They are not looking at the line, they are looking at the striker’s end only. For mine that’s not good enough; it’s part of umpiring and part of what comes with the job.

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media_cameraJames Pattinson was the latest to be stung by the no ball ‘epidemic’.

During the Test match between South Africa and England in Cape Town, 12 no balls in Saturday’s afternoon session were not called.

There has been growing speculation about how to tackle the prevalent no ball dilemma in international cricket, as not only are bowlers unaware when they are overstepping when it’s not called, but batting teams are missing valuable runs.

Trent Copeland added, “Something needs to change”.

Last month, one-day matches India and the West Indies featured a TV umpire monitoring every delivery and communicating with the on-field officials if the bowler overstepped.

It proved to be a successful tactic, with three no balls called by the third umpire during the opening T20 match which would have otherwise been missed.

“Throughout the trial, the third umpire will be responsible for monitoring every ball bowled and identifying whether there has been any front foot infringement,” an ICC statement said.

“If there has been an infringement on the front foot, the third umpire will communicate this to the on-field umpire who will subsequently call a no-ball.”


The beneficiary of the technology this time was debutant Glenn Phillips with the 23-year-old claiming his maiden Test fifty, top scoring for the Kiwis.

However, his patient 52 off 115 balls was far from chanceless, with Nathan Lyon handing the youngster plenty of extra opportunity.

Usually an aggressive batsman in the shorter forms of the game, Phillips played with patience as New Zealand’s top order fell all around him.

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media_cameraGlenn Phillips rode his luck to a 50.

Only brought in when Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls were ruled out with illness, Phillips must have thought he was blessed after Lyon dropped a return catch that he usually would have snaffled, the ball leaving the thumb on his bowling hand bandaged.

Phillips then hit a full toss straight back to Lyon, with the ball hitting his other hand.

Finally, on 28, Australia thought they had their man when he holed out to Travis Head on the boundary off James Pattinson, only for it to be overturned due to the no ball.

But after bringing up his maiden 50, Pat Cummins bowled an absolute peach, the ball cutting back through the gate.

It was a magic debut for Phillips, however, who was body surfing in New Zealand the day before he was called into the team.

Phillips has a first-class average of 42.54 with four first-class centuries and Shane Warne handed him an incredible compliment.

“There’s a bit of Steve Smith in his technique”, Shane Warne said on Fox Cricket.

“I’m a fan and he’s two not out”, added Kerry O’Keeffe, before addressing the similarities between Smith and Phillips.

“The big back lift, covering sixth stump, working to leg from outside off.”

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The SCG is traditionally a spinner’s wicket, but it has never been too favourable for Nathan Lyon.

In his 10th Test at the ground, the Aussie offie had never taken a five-wicket haul, with his best being 4/178 against India last year.

That is until New Zealand came to town.

On a slightly slower SCG pitch, Lyon came to life with easily his best figures at the ground of 5/68 off 30.4 overs.

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media_cameraThat’s the way GOAT!

He started the rot with a belter to dismiss Tom Blundell, spinning the ball through his legs, and finished it off, having Matt Henry stumped.

Before today, his average at the ground was 48.08 runs per wicket, his second worst in Australia behind his single game at Manuka Oval and at the WACA, where he averaged 47.93.

But his performance has dropped the average at the SCG to 42.1 after the powerhouse performance, still well outside his career average of 32.11.

Now on 15 wickets for the series and 22 for the summer, Lyon is looking dangerous, especially if he gets going on the final day and is just behind his all-time best summer.

Lyon is also now equal fifth on the list of Test wickets taken in Australia.


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media_cameraAustralia have been ruthless.

Australia finally dismissed New Zealand for 251 after the visitors battled on for the biggest first innings score of the tour.

With how depleted the Kiwis are, it was good to see some fight.

But in a sign of just how dominant Australia have been, the dismissal on the wrong side of the follow on score of 200 means that all five Test matches have had Australia lead by a long way on first innings.

It’s a stunning result as Australia look to continue a golden run of form.

Having already wrapped up back-to-back series whitewashes where there were no draws was against Pakistan in Australia and New Zealand in New Zealand in 2009/10.

Originally published as ‘Epidemic’: Cricket divided over dilemma

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