India v Australia, 3rd Test, Mohali, 5th day March 18, 2013

Battling Hughes unfairly undone

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the final day in Mohali
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Tough call of the day
Phillip Hughes has been crippled by self-doubt against spin so far on this tour but worked incredibly hard to overcome his problems during a fighting innings of 69. It was a shame that it had to end with a terrible umpiring decision but that's what happened when R Ashwin struck Hughes on the pad with a ball that was drifting on with the arm and would have sailed well down leg side. Perhaps Aleem Dar thought it had turned but that was clearly not the case and Hughes was denied the chance to turn a potentially career-saving innings into a century.

Tight call of the day
Three overs before Hughes was given out, Michael Clarke had also departed to a close call. Clarke was adjudged to have got a thin inside edge onto his pad and he was caught at short-leg, but before he stepped off the field of play the umpire Richard Kettleborough asked him to wait while the TV official checked on a possible no-ball. The replay was exceedingly tight and it could have been argued that Ravindra Jadeja had no part of his foot behind the line, but the umpire decided there was not enough certainty to call a no-ball and the legal delivery stood.

Catch of the day
There was certainly no doubt about another of Jadeja's wickets, a ripping return catch that got rid of Moises Henriques. The batsman drove the ball uppishly to the left of the bowler Jadeja, who dived and managed to get both hands to the ball, claiming his second wicket of the innings.

Inside edge of the day
In the first innings, Cheteshwar Pujara lost his wicket because the umpire failed to detect an inside edge onto his pad and he was given out lbw. But in the second innings his luck ran the other way. Xavier Doherty drifted a ball into his pads, Pujara tried to flick it to leg and an inside edge onto his pad lobbed up and was caught at first slip. But this time the umpire was unmoved, and Pujara was given a life.

Hat-trick ball of the day
Merv Hughes once famously took a Test hat-trick that was spread across three overs. At the WACA in 1988, Hughes got rid of Curtly Ambrose from the last ball of his 36th over and then removed Patrick Patterson with the first delivery of his 37th over, ending the innings. Hughes completed the hat-trick by dismissing Gordon Greenidge with his first ball of the second innings. His fellow Victorian Peter Siddle found himself in a similar position after having Ishant Sharma caught behind off the last ball of his 29th over and bowling Pragyan Ojha from the first ball of his 30th over, ending India's innings. But this time there was no hat-trick: Pujara safely defended Siddle's opening delivery in the second innings.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • HatsforBats on March 19, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    I'm suprised people think Hughes was playing for his career. How ridiculous. Hughes is a brilliant talent and can slash fast bowling to all parts. Anyone with some degree of cricket knowledge knows that he looks like getting out every over, can't field and that he simply can't play spin (which makes the decision to bring him back for the SL series & leave him out of the SA series even more bizarre). Nobody expected Australia to win this series (2 series wins in about 40 years, especially with this poorly selected squad) or Hughes to do particularly well. His performance here will (rightly) have no bearing on his selection for series in England or Australia.

  • on March 19, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    AjaiT yours is a flawed argument that you can only correct 2 decisions using DRS if you use it correctly you can correct many decisions. The reason their is a restriction is because if there were more people would use it always just on an offchance they would be given not out/out. The benefit of DRS is that it reduces pressure on Umpires because if a player is given wrongly out by an umpire if he takes the review its usually corrected but if he doesnt take review or his team doesnt have a reviewits the players fault.

  • sami2010 on March 19, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan - I only meant we Indians need not get carried away with these victories. What happened with England f ours was such a good team? Australia s in a re-building phase, thats it! The problem with India s we get carried away so soon, those days r not far when th title "Sir" to Ravi Jadeja vl no longer b sarcastic lol.. be real guys!

  • RagTagTeam on March 19, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    People need to stop blaming the umpiring in this match, it's such a poor losers thing to do. Bad calls were made against both sides and India still won. Fair play to India for producing the pitches they have - they were sometimes questionable but what do the aussies expect, a shoe shine on the way onto the field? Being a massive aussie fan, I was hoping big Starc (GO HOMEBUSH BOYS) could muster something like Day 5 of SL vs Aus in Tassy - now that was a match winning spell. It wasn't to be. Well done India, and well done Aus for the fight, now stop whining and bring it to the next match.

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 19, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    LOL some one compares the umpiring errors with sydney.

    Clarke was given out by third umpire(the line belongs to umpire and He was caught it was not an inside edge lbw)

    Cowan's dismissal is very similar to Vijay's . Haddin had a lucky escape (and no mention of it). Pujara got one in his favour in second innings but it didn't have any impact(added 18 runs). Hughes was a blunder and was denied a chance to score 100 (when he was given out on 69) @sami2010 have you even seen the match. Don't just comment by looking at others comments. We deserve this victory and had it not been for the rain this should have been a comfortable victory.And please don't mention those 4 wickets in second innings. If you haven't watched the batsman took their chances in the chase. And we all know the shortcomings of our players in foreign conditions. No body is chest thumping here. But fans often wont give credit to india when it is due.

  • on March 19, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    @Nampally You never know what might have happened. Even if India won with two and a half overs, they did win. It was not as if Starc and Siddle bowled a bunch of freebies as soon as Sachin got out. Even if Hughes had played for 5 more overs, (and India had 5 less overs to play), they would most likely still have won. Dhoni and Sachin may have started taking risks earlier and neither of them would have been bogged down much, so either way India would have won.

  • sami2010 on March 19, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    and you have to give it to Australia for putting in such a fabulous fight! India would have raised their hands if they were in Australia's situation. Australian's are fighters, never give up so easily. If u want to win against them, u got to earn it! The fair outcome was a draw, sad they had to lose coz of bad umpiring decisions..

  • sami2010 on March 19, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    @Saseendran Thadathil - What would have been the case if Shikhar Dhawan wouldn't have hit 187 with a stike rate of 107? What would have been the case if Phil Hughes wasn't out for a terrible umpirirng decision? And do you know what kind of pitches Pakistan is playing on? and against what kind of attack? Wait until India tours South Africa, you will find answers to these questions yourselves...

  • on March 19, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    These howlers could have been avoided, if India opt for DRS. I guess thats going to happen only when few in the current set up retire / get out of office. Similar thing happened with Pujara when he was adjudged LBW even though the ball had taken the inside edge.

  • on March 19, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    whenever India win a test match people start talking it is because of flat track and spinning pitch. okay.regarding England series there are two factors one India did not bat good and secondly the difference was cook and Peterson. If Peterson did not make 180 what would have been their situation.So please don't underestimate our team saying this and that .every win is a win.Take the case of Pakistan one of the best bowling attack in the world and go 3-0 thrashing by SA .Nobody bothered about it .so please don't play politics when comes to sports. Dhoni had 2 to 3 seasons off from his illustrious career .so give him time brothers

  • HatsforBats on March 19, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    I'm suprised people think Hughes was playing for his career. How ridiculous. Hughes is a brilliant talent and can slash fast bowling to all parts. Anyone with some degree of cricket knowledge knows that he looks like getting out every over, can't field and that he simply can't play spin (which makes the decision to bring him back for the SL series & leave him out of the SA series even more bizarre). Nobody expected Australia to win this series (2 series wins in about 40 years, especially with this poorly selected squad) or Hughes to do particularly well. His performance here will (rightly) have no bearing on his selection for series in England or Australia.

  • on March 19, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    AjaiT yours is a flawed argument that you can only correct 2 decisions using DRS if you use it correctly you can correct many decisions. The reason their is a restriction is because if there were more people would use it always just on an offchance they would be given not out/out. The benefit of DRS is that it reduces pressure on Umpires because if a player is given wrongly out by an umpire if he takes the review its usually corrected but if he doesnt take review or his team doesnt have a reviewits the players fault.

  • sami2010 on March 19, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan - I only meant we Indians need not get carried away with these victories. What happened with England f ours was such a good team? Australia s in a re-building phase, thats it! The problem with India s we get carried away so soon, those days r not far when th title "Sir" to Ravi Jadeja vl no longer b sarcastic lol.. be real guys!

  • RagTagTeam on March 19, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    People need to stop blaming the umpiring in this match, it's such a poor losers thing to do. Bad calls were made against both sides and India still won. Fair play to India for producing the pitches they have - they were sometimes questionable but what do the aussies expect, a shoe shine on the way onto the field? Being a massive aussie fan, I was hoping big Starc (GO HOMEBUSH BOYS) could muster something like Day 5 of SL vs Aus in Tassy - now that was a match winning spell. It wasn't to be. Well done India, and well done Aus for the fight, now stop whining and bring it to the next match.

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 19, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    LOL some one compares the umpiring errors with sydney.

    Clarke was given out by third umpire(the line belongs to umpire and He was caught it was not an inside edge lbw)

    Cowan's dismissal is very similar to Vijay's . Haddin had a lucky escape (and no mention of it). Pujara got one in his favour in second innings but it didn't have any impact(added 18 runs). Hughes was a blunder and was denied a chance to score 100 (when he was given out on 69) @sami2010 have you even seen the match. Don't just comment by looking at others comments. We deserve this victory and had it not been for the rain this should have been a comfortable victory.And please don't mention those 4 wickets in second innings. If you haven't watched the batsman took their chances in the chase. And we all know the shortcomings of our players in foreign conditions. No body is chest thumping here. But fans often wont give credit to india when it is due.

  • on March 19, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    @Nampally You never know what might have happened. Even if India won with two and a half overs, they did win. It was not as if Starc and Siddle bowled a bunch of freebies as soon as Sachin got out. Even if Hughes had played for 5 more overs, (and India had 5 less overs to play), they would most likely still have won. Dhoni and Sachin may have started taking risks earlier and neither of them would have been bogged down much, so either way India would have won.

  • sami2010 on March 19, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    and you have to give it to Australia for putting in such a fabulous fight! India would have raised their hands if they were in Australia's situation. Australian's are fighters, never give up so easily. If u want to win against them, u got to earn it! The fair outcome was a draw, sad they had to lose coz of bad umpiring decisions..

  • sami2010 on March 19, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    @Saseendran Thadathil - What would have been the case if Shikhar Dhawan wouldn't have hit 187 with a stike rate of 107? What would have been the case if Phil Hughes wasn't out for a terrible umpirirng decision? And do you know what kind of pitches Pakistan is playing on? and against what kind of attack? Wait until India tours South Africa, you will find answers to these questions yourselves...

  • on March 19, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    These howlers could have been avoided, if India opt for DRS. I guess thats going to happen only when few in the current set up retire / get out of office. Similar thing happened with Pujara when he was adjudged LBW even though the ball had taken the inside edge.

  • on March 19, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    whenever India win a test match people start talking it is because of flat track and spinning pitch. okay.regarding England series there are two factors one India did not bat good and secondly the difference was cook and Peterson. If Peterson did not make 180 what would have been their situation.So please don't underestimate our team saying this and that .every win is a win.Take the case of Pakistan one of the best bowling attack in the world and go 3-0 thrashing by SA .Nobody bothered about it .so please don't play politics when comes to sports. Dhoni had 2 to 3 seasons off from his illustrious career .so give him time brothers

  • Meety on March 19, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    @Srini. N Iyer - I do not believe anyone (well me personally), is blaming the Umpires for a bad decision. I rate Dar as arguably the best umpire in the game with only his Paki compatriot as an equal. I do not blame him or Kettleborough for this defeat, I am just annoyed that they operate in most parts of the world with Technological support - yet over in India - they get none, (the country with the most finances to implement said technology). I would imagine the umpires would be gutted by any errors they have made, & would dearly love to be able to correct them. If Umpiring was easy - every armchair critic (myself included), would want to be one. I mean less face it, IF it was easy - who wouldn't want to be paid to stand in the best place in the stadium to watch the battle? Reality is, it's extremely hard & they need support more now than ever due to endless replays & these types of forums.

  • AjaiT on March 19, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    Dears, everyone talks about DRS and I don't know how many DRSs allowed in an innings. I believe only 2 unsuccessful calls. And how come all the 11 players will be benefited with that. DRS system itself is incomplete and prone to errors why you want to adapt it? And how you will counter pressure creates by rain interruptions. Dudes, in this world of uncertainties, let's leave something to natural happenings.

  • on March 19, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    It has been many instances that India had the same shameful umpiring and some of the unethical cricket from Aussies that have left severe injuries in the memories of the Ind/Aus series. I don't understand people up above me who so ever have commented against the decisions yesterday have not felt so when it was India in the situation few many times before also. Where were your emotions then!!!

  • on March 19, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    These kind of comments on umpiring "errors" is against the spirit of the game. Sitting comfortably watching slow replays is yet a matter of opinion. The main issue is the man on the spot in the umpire and has the best view. What if the batsman had in a quick reflex moved his feet away from when the ball hit his pad which the repay failed to catch. We have had other errors too which cost both teams. As long as we dont have DRS we must respect the umpire's decision. FULL STOP. Quite often such "wrong" decisions even out as long as the umpire was not accused of any bias.

  • khan_man on March 19, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    this should be about DRS .. this has happened to most cricketers big and small..

    Hughes is a good batsman but you cannot take his last inning in isolation from his previous 5!

  • vedichitesh on March 19, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    DRS is a must. We cant complain about the Umpires..... They did a good job...... 1 or 2 slip in judgement in real time is ok..... they have given so many brilliant decisions which we are not discussing. BBCI should stop being adamant....

  • on March 19, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    Would India EVER win a match if they were willing to follow the rest of the world and use the DRS - Answer = probably not, and hence the reason they don't use it. Just this innings alone, Cowan and Hughes received absolute shocking decisions. That is what the DRS is about, eliminating the clangers. Cricket in India will never be taken seriously by any other country until the ICC force India to comply with the rest of the world. If India were as good as they talk themselves up to be they would not need to rely on poor umpiring. I think their main concern about the DRS, is that they OVER appeal so much that it is apparent they do not know the LB rule themselves and hence they would probably use up their challenges very quickly. I suppose it can't be classified as OVER appealing as eventually the umpires submit to it and give them charity dismissals. If I was in charge of the ACB I would never return to India until they agree to use the DRS.

  • on March 19, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    lol let see there star batsman in south africa ..every world know that india play with 13 player including 2 umpire i there side ...england odi 4 wrong lbw decision for alistor cook,follwed bykp...not to forget pakistan have beat them easily in there home ground ....,

  • docsunny on March 19, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    It is absurd that in today's world when people benefit form technology in all spheres and all sports , India seems to be reluctant to adopt DRS. I wonder what they have to fear. Agreed that DRS is not flawless but it cuts out simple errors especially howlers. In my opinion DRS can be better utilized if it taken out of players hands and handled solely by umpires. A set of TV umpires should monitor the game and notify the field umpires immediately if they pick up any errors . Additionally the umpires on the field should ask for clarification whenever in doubt . The review option should be taken away form the players. We have the technology, we just have to know how to use it. C'mon India , come of age , we are living in the age of self driven cars.

  • Babu22 on March 19, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    The point about Pujara's first innings dismissal is that if he was not given out, he would have scored a lot of runs. But that would have eaten into the time available and the match would have ended in a draw, considering the first day was washed out. I am talking about the most probable event. If Hughes was not given out, I am sure he would have batted at least five more overs and match result would be draw. Again I am talking about the most probable event, considering how doggedly he was fighting. Both bad decisions actually resulted in Aus losing the match, irrespective of who got the bad decisions. Lack of DRS to blame here.

  • Johnny_129 on March 19, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    In order to eliminate (or at least reduce) controversy, DRS should be made compulsory for all series. In saying that, DRS does encompass a human element so we do get those 'hard to believe' decisions at times and I'm afraid the number of skewed decisions will increase once DRS has passed the 'test phase' and established itself as the standard - what I mean by this is, DRS is a fairly new technology and still under the microscope of cricket officials, players and public alike but once it has been accepted as the norm, the individuals controlling the DRS are more likely to play around with the system to get the desired outcome! Unless they can get neutral off-field umpires controlling DRS?! As for the just concludes Test, I think the right team won

  • Cricket_theBestGame on March 19, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    i don't think india's victory was under threat at any time. even if phil hughes hadn't been given out the victory wasn't aust. alim daar is one the best umpires in the world. in fact the great dicky bird once said that he believes alim is better umpire than simon tauffal and at that time tauffal had won the icc umpire of the year award 2nd or 3rd year in a row. so i think its fair to give alim break over this decision which we know he wouldn't have made without being convinced.

    as for the DRS, going by how it was used in recent SA vs Pak series in SA, i think india has a point on the accuracey of DRS!

  • on March 19, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    Braydon, next time please write an article when Aussies get the benifit of umpiring error.........Oh,Oh, but that would be too hard with a patch on one eye!! Phil Hughes is lucky to be playing anyways. But for stupid homeworkgate, Usman Khawaja would be playing. He should be playing anywways. Just that he somehow doesnot fit into the "scheme of things"!!

  • Lahori_Munde on March 19, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    I don't understand why people are making so much fuss about DRS? The majority complaining about India on DRS, are most likely from my country. I wantched the highlights of the game and Pujara was given out when he was not out and Haddin was given not out for Bat and pad catch. The point is couple wrong decisions went against India and couple went against Australia. the umpires are human afterall and trying to do their job the best they can. Why blame them when DRS is making even worst errors..?

  • Shaggy076 on March 19, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    THe Hughes decision was an absolute shocker, its easy to miss inside edges in noisy environments but to miss that the ball was maybe hitting a 5th stump is an absolute howler. The poor bloke was trying to salvage his career and thats what Im most sorry about. To the Indian fans why do you need to constantly justify that you were also hard done by, I havent seen the Haddin incident but from what I have seen there has been 5 incorrect decisions - Doherty, Pujara, Cowan and Hughes given out and Pujara given not out. Which equates to 4 against Australia and 1 against India - Its not good enough. However, I do believe the best team won.

  • SlipsGlance on March 19, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    Everything that can be said about the umpiring has already been said, ten times over. Meanwhile there were an abundance of great cricketing stories and moments in this gripping Test match, some of them rightly celebrated ( India's astonishing opening stand; Dhawan), many overlooked in favour of bitching about off-field issues. Jadeja's brilliant dismissal of Clarke in the first innings... Jadeja's bowling in general... Starc's 99... Smith's 92... Siddle's persistence... Lyon (habitual no. 11) gutsing out 7 overs as night-watchman... Starc and Doherty's near match saving last stand...

    Our fickle Aussie cricket press and fans have to be either spraying champagne or spitting bile - no room for anything in between.

  • on March 18, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    India was about to call off the Australian tour in 2008 after a few umpiring decisions went against them in the Sydney Test. Its great to see how the OZ's did not use this as an excuse for losing but in reality, Cowan, Clarke & Hughes were done by umpiring errors and 3 bad calls is enough to change the complexion of any series, let alone 1 important day.! Tough luck Aussies

  • Nampally on March 18, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    We do not see any Umpires of the Calibre of Frank Chester of England any more.Chester was a fine all rounder at a very young age.But then the war interrupted his career. He lost an arm in WW1 which forced him to take umpiring at the age of 27.Chester was a fearless Umpire & was rated by Don Bradman as the greatest Umpire. We had from very poor Umpires to half decent umpires recently. But Aleem Dar was rated very highly even by ICC. To see him making such fundamental mistakes 2 days in a row is very unusual. Ay least the hawk eye should be used for making correct decisions on LBW's. We use it any way to see action replays. How difficult it is to acept it for regular use for LBW's. At least it is better than the best Umpires available in this era- especiallialy whern likes of Frank Chester no longer exist. Our present Umpires miss many No Balls as one of the commenters correctly pointed out.In absence of Frank Chesters in modern era, why not embrace technology to replace him?

  • docsunny on March 18, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    It is absurd that in today's world when people benefit form technology in all spheres and all sports , India seems to be reluctant to adopt DRS. I wonder what they have to fear. Agreed that DRS is not flawless but it cuts out simple errors especially howlers. In my opinion DRS can be better utilized if it taken out of players hands and handled solely by umpires. A set of TV umpires should monitor the game and notify the field umpires immediately if they pick up any errors . Additionally the umpires on the field should ask for clarification whenever in doubt . The review option should be taken away form the players. We have the technology, we just have to know how to use it. C'mon India ,we live in the age of self driven cars .

  • MWaqqar on March 18, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    The tragedy of BCCI insistence on not using DRS is that no one is talking about cricket, almost all articles and letters are about umpiring errors which could have been corrected by DRS. Anyhow let Ind enjoy its poor umpiring tainted victory.

  • Meety on March 18, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Good win India. India have been the better side in this series. Dissappointed in the umpiring in this match. Oz had several line-ball decisions go against them in the 1st innings (Smith stumping not even referred). India had the Pujarra decision, then in Oz's 2nd innings we had Cowan, Hughes & Clarke that were either tough calls or plain wrong. IMO - Clarke was not out if there was doubt about the legitimacy of the ball. None of that changes the fact that India continue to be the better side in Indian conditions. @sachin_vvsfan on (March 18, 2013, 17:06 GMT) - BC said "...Hughes was denied the CHANCE to turn a potentially career-saving innings into a century." - which is quite right. He could of been bowled neck & crop the next ball, he could of batted thru to the end - we'll never know!

  • 214ty on March 18, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Once I mentioned that no team should play India if they do not want to implement and comply with DRS. And so said it has led to Australia's demise in this test. There is no way you can justify Clarke got an edge unless there was hot spo; a ball he should have padded away. This piece of blue patch on the pitch is absolutely useless. It doesn't tell anything, not even ball trajectory. I think Allem Dar was tired of staying out there, so he wanted to make it quick by giving Hughes out. However, if DRS was in the game, Hughes might have been able to review, bat for another 5 overs and probably save the game; cause 25 overs might have been just too much for india.

  • seantells on March 18, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    well anyway even if he given not out by far he will never be able to save Aus, having said that i believe DRS should be a MUST.

  • RamCruz on March 18, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    @ Nampally: What is to say that had Pujara not been given out wrongly in the first innings, he would have gone on to score a double hundred & Aussies might have suffered another innings defeat ??? Accept these umpiring errors as a part & parcel of the game & move on. For once, I thought quite a few no balls were not given in this match. In the slo-mo replays, check where the bowlers' foot lands instead of gluing your eyes to the batsman (Shikhar Dhawan mostly) whenever you see the highlights of this test.

  • sillypoint6 on March 18, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    everyone is saying india is this and that but forgot england thrashed dhoni and company in tests in their own den and even better was the thrashing and squeezing given by our neighbor pakistan to our world champ odi dhoni team, that was the ultimate thing and nothing can wash away these crimes committed by them in their whole lives. lets see what happens in south africa DHAWAN will make 1,8 & 7 in three innings. one thing more the broadcast of indian matches on espnstar is very third grade because they dont show hawk eye and ball tracking for lbw, i think they want to earn more money in less investment as bcci has looted them

  • the_blue_android on March 18, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    It's pretty pathetic of BCCI to block DRS. IT costed a player his entire career. A player who was finally coming to terms with his psychological issues. BCCI should be ashamed for destroying a young players career. A cricket fan from India.

    Hopefully once SRT retires, BCCI will accept DRS as it's too late for SRT to change his technique to actually use the bat more often.

  • Nampally on March 18, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    @VickGrower:According to Brydon' statement it reads, "it could have been argued that R. Jadeja had no part of his foot was behind the line". I did not watch the game because I am in wrong time zone. If the replay was inconclusive, then the 3rd Umpire was right in his decision.

    @Rangaram: I have stated in my input for unrestricted use of slow motion replays in assisting LBW decisions + No balls. I think this is what you are asking for.

    Finally, I do not agree with Brydon's conclusion that the LBW robbed Hughes of a century. Many guys miss a century in 90's- 2 examples of Outs in the OZ 1st innings were Starc @99 & Smith @ 91. Hughes was LBW @ 69 - long way off 100 !. However the 2 umpiring decision made a difference between a Draw or a Loss for the Australian side. India won with <5 overs to spare.

  • Peterincanada on March 18, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Only a fool would say India did not thoroughly outplay Australia and are full marks for 3-0. My complaint is that a batsman who was potentially playing for his career was given out to a howler. I don't think getting a favourable decision years ago against Tasmania in any way compensates. Besides the rule states that any doubt means not out.

  • torsha on March 18, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    LOL people here talking as if Hughes was going to make any difference to this match. Cricket has been played even before DRS wasn't even there. What's more important is to improve the standards of umpiring.

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 18, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Why there is no mention of haddin's lucky escape when he clearly knicked(he ate up significant time) For Hughes decision it is not as if he was given out to inside edge unlike pujara's. It is definitely incorrect. But when you say the struggling batsman was robbed of ahundred then what about the in-form batsman pujara. Was he Robbed of double ton in first innings?

    @Abdool Majeed Tendulkar already retired (or forced to retire)in ODIS.But no DRS in ODIS? Any conspiracy theories to backup?

  • on March 18, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Is it me or is Aleem Dar quite often at the centre of controversial umpiring decisions?? It has become more than just a regular occurrence in recent times...

  • vakkaraju on March 18, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    When you win, the umpiring decisions, right or wrong are "all in the game". When you lose, Its always the bad decisions. The DRS probably would eliminate some howlers, but a quite a few mistakes still creep in. The recent hot spot controversies when a few nicks were missed a few called where there were none. As long as we have media overplaying and magnifying every marginal call, there will be unending controversies.

  • on March 18, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    australian just accept as a losing team ............drs system is not 100% technically proof.....as we have seen before.....whts about michaell clark in first test and many LBW decision in favour of australian players....but i thanks DRS system due to this TENDULKAR had not given LBW IN world cup semifinal.......

  • on March 18, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    It's part of the game. I feel it was fair enough to declare clarke and hughes out. Even pujara was declared out in the first inning when he had clearly nicked it. The umpires should check with the 3rd umpire if they have doubts about ball touching the bat when giving LBW's.

  • on March 18, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Amazed to see the vehemence on this board, umpiring is part of the game and you make your own luck. Australians can imagine what India went through in Sydney 2008 if they have such strong opinions here. The Australian team is saying nothing about the umpiring so its a non-issue. India have also lost out quite a lot due to these decisions as well. Australia need to wonder why they have lost after scoring 400 in the first innings and couldn't play out the last day, which most teams would have done.Also no team maybe since Don Bradman's time has conceded over 5 runs an over, over two sessions. I can understand over one session but over two sessions...what were the think tank doing ?? Australia should focus on stemming the rot within first and urgently or the Ashes being fought over aren't gonna be of stumps but of whole careers.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 18, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    So Brydon, getting a rough decision on 69 is akin to denying him a possible century? Lol mate, you could do better than that. From where I'm, I see that he was pretty much bogged down through out his stay on the fifth day and it just seemed like a matter of time before he will be plucked out.

  • rangaram on March 18, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    I am not sure why folks are complaining about umpiring and not having DRS. The DRS was absolute rubbish in the India-England series in 2011. What I think will help is slow motion replays will help avoid wrong decisions in lbw in case of inside edge which regularly happened in the mentioned series. Umpiring decision cost india the series in australia in 2008. What is needed a consistent set of guide lines for DRS. It should be with the umpires and not with bowling teams. It should be unlimited. mandatorily check front foot no-ball for all dismissals. Also check for where the ball is pitched in case of lbw and for inside edges. This will reduce wrong decisions to large extent. Also not using ball tracking and hotspot will take out BCCI's objections and no costly equipment is needed by hosting country

  • on March 18, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    give me a break. so many comments here saying that australia lost the match due to umpiring. No please. Australia lost the match to a brilliant batting display of debutant Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay. If they didn't score the way they did, this 4 day match would have been a draw. Give rest to all these conspiracy theories please. Nobody likes sore losers.

  • VickGower on March 18, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    @Nampally, the third umpire in Clarke's case did exactly the right thing. When there isn't sufficient evidence to overturn the on-field call, the original call should stand. From one angle it really did seem that Jadeja has a fraction of his foot behind the line, from the other, it was hard to tell.

  • on March 18, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Warren Smith and Pankaj SK, Please understand that Australis have been squarely beaten in all 3 games, due to better batting and bowling. You can keep blaming wickets and umpires, Such moaning cannot improve Aussie cricket. See how England beat India in their own yard. This was because of dedication to win, which this Aussie team lacks

  • on March 18, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    It is very easy to blame the Empire without realising under what pressure they are working. Where is the sportsmans spirit gone ?

  • Tumbarumbar on March 18, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    The only reason Australia even got close was because of Starc. Starc faced well over 200 deliveries in the match and scored more Runs than any other Australian. Little wonder he bowled like a little old man, he probably couldn't straighten his back. The thing that frightens me about Hughes is that almost half of his runs came off the edge of his bat, he played and missed the spinners so often it was nerve wracking yet his 60 odd runs may be enough to get him another test. How Bizarre. Based on form you'd drop Henriques, make Starc the batting all rounder, bring Pattinson back in, leave Watson out, bring in Khwaja and hope that the spinners learn to vary their pace and approach to the wicket (or even bowl around the wicket sometimes in Lyons' case) before test 4.

  • on March 18, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    BAd umpiring is part of the game but no excuses for a third umpire Jadeja's was a no ball because no part of the rear of his foot was clearly before the line but the third umpire thought he was giving a decision in favor of the bowler which is unheard of Aleem Dar may be forgiven because Ashwin is an offspinner but then again the decision was in favor of the bowler

  • on March 18, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Hughes STRUGGLED on Day 5 , barely got many runs. why is everyone assuming that he would have got to a ton when he was BOGGED DOWN the whole day? No mention of the wkts. Indian bowlers have been denied in the previous 2 tests either.

  • Nampally on March 18, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Aleem-Dar is losing his credibility after being voted as the "Best Umpire" by ICC. He needs to think before being so fast on raising his finger. Yes the Aussies were bit unlucky in getting 2 of their stars, Hughes & Clarke, given out rather dubiously by the Umpire. I am wondering if no part of Jadeja's foot was behind the crease, how did Kettleborough justify giving Clarke Out? So even if the third Umpire is involved, mistakes are happening. How can DRS rectify the situation when the 3rd Umpire is also making mistakes? In addition the limitations on just 2 challenges per innings makes DRS unreasonably expensive for an unreliable technology. Why not mandate unrestricted use of DRS just for assisting in making right LBW decisions & checking No balls? At the moment we can all see slow motion replays. This will be economical, reliable & give the satisfaction of eliminating the Umpiring errors. It may even be acceptable to BCCI. Doing nothing is a bad option for Cricket.

  • soumyas on March 18, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    i wanted aussies bat through the day for draw, but unluckily hughes bad decision bacame turning point.

  • on March 18, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Disgusting umpiring lost Australia this game. If India arent conspiring to marginalise the opposition through the use of umpires loyal to them, then its selective atering of pitches. On any balanced surface (ie one in which any type of player can perform well) they lose, and so they stack the odds in their favour. Have no respect for them at all.

  • on March 18, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    india will never take the drs once tendulkar is there and most importantly they always benefit from umpires mistakes. just check back the records and see who benifit most

  • on March 18, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Justified for the Aussie diaspora to feel hard done by this loss.Losing the first day, they thought a draw was most likely, but India showed intent and through Dhawan in 2 sessions undid the first day loss. India should be lauded for showing intent and bringing a result in 4 days through purposeful batting and bowling, thats cricket. Australia have too many problems to recover from here and I guess Delhi being a turner they better prepare to have whitewash painted against their name.

  • on March 18, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Though I am from Pakistan but Alim Dar made mistake when he gave Phil Hughes out this morning. India should opt the DRS system like other countries and this will reduce the pressure on umpires. Otherwise even the best umpires in the world will make mistakes in pressure. Imagine if few decisions go against India and they lose the match then what will be reaction of the people.

  • on March 18, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    not to mention pujara's not out decision. if India were in Australia's place and Australia in India's. we would have had a huge uproar in India . especially in the media . Australia didn't deserve to lose this match .

  • on March 18, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    The introduction of DRS and the subsequent change in the trajectory interpretation has given umpires a back-up. With DRS they no longer have to worry about "benefit of the doubt" decisions. This has possibly encouraged them to give marginal decisons out, rather than in, because a referral will iron out any mistake. The problem of course is when India play, there is no DRS and if the umpires have developed this mindset, India and the team they are playing against, are now suffering the conseqences.

  • blink182alex on March 18, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Hughes was unlucky, he fought very hard and must be very dirty to be sent back by one that was so clearly missing leg, terrible decision.

  • Barnesy4444 on March 18, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    We'll see India in Australia in 2 years time with Pattinson, Cummins, Siddle, Starc and Bird at the Gabba and WACA. Another 4-0 drubbing will be on the cards.

  • Barnesy4444 on March 18, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    It was a terrible decision Hughes received. Right arm around and struck him outside leg. I hope he is picked for the 4th test, we saw on day 4 what he is capable of when facing quicks. He's not out of from just unacustomed to spin on dustbowls. He has the capacity to smash the English bowling and I don't see how dropping him again will help anything. Look at the bigger picture and it's only two bad tests, hardly a disatrous run. It's Henriques, Doherty, Smith and maybe the injured Clakre who should make way for Khawaja, Pattinson and Watson.

  • ameetsk on March 18, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Brydon...most or all your reports always bring out how umpiring errors have been affecting Ausies badly. Indians have been on the receiving end too...but you rarely mention those instances. its plain and simple...the Ausies have not been up to scratch. Accept it and move on instead of delving on petty stuff...

  • torsha on March 18, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Pujara was given out unfairly as well.

  • Robert1612 on March 18, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Whilst Hughes did well enough to score 69, he still looked terrible against spin today. A few more runs from him may have made enough of a difference in the chase: 150+ runs in 30 odd overs may have been just too many for India especially after the loss of a few wickets. If Clarke is fit and Watson is to play who sits out? Smith had an excellent game, maybe leave Henriques out and play three quicks: any ofJohnson, Starc and Pattinson and Siddle + Lyon

  • on March 18, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    "Hughes was denied the chance to turn a potentially career-saving innings into a century." Wow what a brave statement!! Man he was on 69 not 99, just look back at the commentary "he spent 35 balls on 53 before a top-edged sweep reaped a couple of runs". But anyhow really a milestone for Hughes

  • Paul_Rampley on March 18, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    @Sunil_Batra i echo your words mate

  • on March 18, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    its hard to see how an innings where 51 of 68 runs were scored by throwing his bat every ball that came his way, could be called a fighting innings!!! and to say that he wouldve gone on to score a match saving century is far fetched too considering he then inexplicably went on to score 18 off the next 99 deliveries he faced. and the decision wasnt that bad either. some would believe it wouldve kissed leg, for others it means it wouldv'e missed narrowly!

  • hycIass on March 18, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    @Mary some very common sense comments by yourself, yes you take the good with the bad. Ashwin has got him in every match and we can't go with him again at 4. Khawaja should come in and I would leave Smith as he handles spin well.

  • on March 18, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    So out of FIVE plays of the day, Brydon Coverdale has THREE of these as umpiring howlers. Is it really? I don't want to go into first innings howlers against India or similarly against Oz but please! So 60% plays of the day were umpiring howlers and not the gritty fight from last two Oz batting pairs, or MSD's edginess initially or Jadeja's two 4's and MSD's three 4's to win the match? Please kindly don't be cynical and acknowledge the win. Don't temper the amazing win within FOUR days with some vilified and sour grapes' attacks.

  • Porky_PigTheToon on March 18, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Team India has been suffering from poor umpiring decisions ever since DRS came into picture. Pujara was clearly NOT OUT in 1st innings. And Haddin was CLEARLY OUT in 2nd innings when he was on 2 or something. But umpire didn't give him out. Poor Umpiring.

    BCCI should really use DRS so that umpires don't wrong decisions against India.

    Australia too suffered from poor umpiring.

    Don't know who gave The Best Umpire award to Pakistani Umpire to Aleem Dar. Simon Taufel is The Best Umpire of all time. Aleem comes next. But in this series his decisions has been poor.

  • on March 18, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Great performance by Indian batting, they were playing positive cricket unlike Australia..

  • Sunil_Batra on March 18, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    For me Hughes and Khawaja are 2 of our best batsman. Given Hughes did have a few lives in this innings i would give him a rest as he has serious work to do against spin and bring him in the ashes, for the Dehli test bring in Khawaja, the kid deserves his chance.

  • on March 18, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Very good effort by India, the match was almost a Draw, yesterday after India's inns everyone was thinking that it would be a draw, but the way young Bhuwneshwar bowled, got early three wickets really helped India. Out of form middle order was sent home by Jadeja and Ashwin...Australia's teams looks half after Hussey and Ponting left the team..Next time they need to work hard to win in India..

  • kingcobra85 on March 18, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Too bad the big inside edge for Pujara came first

  • kk777 on March 18, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Seriously ! That's all you got to report for "plays". Umpiring decisions. What about discussing Dhoni's initial edginess and then 3 consecutive fours being spurred by Jadeja's two fours. Also, the gritty stand for Aus's tenth wicket. There were many other interesting and potentially match turning incidents and all you have got to report is this. Really disappointed.

  • Mary_786 on March 18, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    You take the good decisions with the bad, Hughes has had plenty of decisions go his way too i.e Shield final against Tasmania where he got 100 but got 2 lives courtesy of the umpires. Indian's will be hoping we retain him for the final test.

  • soorajiyer on March 18, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Honestly felt bad for Phil Hughes, a hard working cricketer.. He battled with all his might today and deserved to stay..

    My respect for Siddle and Starc has increased 100x after this match..

    As a typical felt sad at him being run out esp when he was looking very very comfortable :(

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  • soorajiyer on March 18, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Honestly felt bad for Phil Hughes, a hard working cricketer.. He battled with all his might today and deserved to stay..

    My respect for Siddle and Starc has increased 100x after this match..

    As a typical felt sad at him being run out esp when he was looking very very comfortable :(

  • Mary_786 on March 18, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    You take the good decisions with the bad, Hughes has had plenty of decisions go his way too i.e Shield final against Tasmania where he got 100 but got 2 lives courtesy of the umpires. Indian's will be hoping we retain him for the final test.

  • kk777 on March 18, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Seriously ! That's all you got to report for "plays". Umpiring decisions. What about discussing Dhoni's initial edginess and then 3 consecutive fours being spurred by Jadeja's two fours. Also, the gritty stand for Aus's tenth wicket. There were many other interesting and potentially match turning incidents and all you have got to report is this. Really disappointed.

  • kingcobra85 on March 18, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Too bad the big inside edge for Pujara came first

  • on March 18, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Very good effort by India, the match was almost a Draw, yesterday after India's inns everyone was thinking that it would be a draw, but the way young Bhuwneshwar bowled, got early three wickets really helped India. Out of form middle order was sent home by Jadeja and Ashwin...Australia's teams looks half after Hussey and Ponting left the team..Next time they need to work hard to win in India..

  • Sunil_Batra on March 18, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    For me Hughes and Khawaja are 2 of our best batsman. Given Hughes did have a few lives in this innings i would give him a rest as he has serious work to do against spin and bring him in the ashes, for the Dehli test bring in Khawaja, the kid deserves his chance.

  • on March 18, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Great performance by Indian batting, they were playing positive cricket unlike Australia..

  • Porky_PigTheToon on March 18, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Team India has been suffering from poor umpiring decisions ever since DRS came into picture. Pujara was clearly NOT OUT in 1st innings. And Haddin was CLEARLY OUT in 2nd innings when he was on 2 or something. But umpire didn't give him out. Poor Umpiring.

    BCCI should really use DRS so that umpires don't wrong decisions against India.

    Australia too suffered from poor umpiring.

    Don't know who gave The Best Umpire award to Pakistani Umpire to Aleem Dar. Simon Taufel is The Best Umpire of all time. Aleem comes next. But in this series his decisions has been poor.

  • on March 18, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    So out of FIVE plays of the day, Brydon Coverdale has THREE of these as umpiring howlers. Is it really? I don't want to go into first innings howlers against India or similarly against Oz but please! So 60% plays of the day were umpiring howlers and not the gritty fight from last two Oz batting pairs, or MSD's edginess initially or Jadeja's two 4's and MSD's three 4's to win the match? Please kindly don't be cynical and acknowledge the win. Don't temper the amazing win within FOUR days with some vilified and sour grapes' attacks.

  • hycIass on March 18, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    @Mary some very common sense comments by yourself, yes you take the good with the bad. Ashwin has got him in every match and we can't go with him again at 4. Khawaja should come in and I would leave Smith as he handles spin well.