Usman dismissal spurs Cricket Australia to action

THE International Cricket Council has another umpiring controversy on its hands after Australian batsman Usman Khawaja's appalling dismissal on day one of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

Cricket Australia has sought an official explanation for another apparent malfunction of the decision review system (DRS) after the refusal of the third umpire, Kumar Dharmasena, the ICC Umpire of the Year, to overturn on-field umpire Tony Hill's decision to give Khawaja out caught behind for one.

A succession of replays showed no mark on the bat on Hot Spot, no deviation of the ball, and Khawaja's bat clipping his pad to explain the noise Hill had presumably heard.

Yet Dharmasena judged that was not sufficient evidence to overrule the decision.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland demanded answers from the ICC.

"In our view, the on-field decision and referred decision using DRS were both incorrect," he said.

"We understand and accept that from time to time mistakes can be made, however in this instance, on behalf of the player, the team and all cricket fans, we feel duty bound to seek further explanation as to how this decision was arrived at."

Champion leg-spinner Shane Warne described the decision as "absolutely shocking" - an opinion shared by most, if not all.


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