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Nathan Lyon left ‘furious’ after ‘bizarre’ DRS ruling cruels Aussies

Nathan Lyon has fumed over a bizarre DRS ruling on the crucial final day of the Border-Gavaskar series at the Gabba.

With the series still up in the air, Lyon thought he had the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara lbw in the 18th over of play, despite the umpire initially ruling ‘not out’.

Watch the incident in the video above

However in a decision labelled ‘bizarre’ by many, the Decision Review System ruled ‘umpires call’ despite ball tracking showing a majority of the ball crashing into leg stump.

Lyon was clearly bemused at the decision – a wicket would have left the tourists two wickets down early in the day’s play.

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“He’s furious, Nathan Lyon. Furious,” Aussie great Greg Blewett told Channel 7.

“That‘s a big moment. And that has irked the Australians.”

Michael Slater agreed, declaring enough of the ball was hitting the stumps.

“Massive moment that LBW shout,” Slater said.

“A good portion of the ball was hitting, but obviously not more than 50 per cent which is what the guide is. A massive moment.

Nathan Lyon was left fuming after the decision.
Nathan Lyon was left fuming after the decision. Credit: Getty/Seven

“Nathan Lyon is still asking, why was that not out?

“That’s the crazy nature of it, if the finger had gone up, it would have been out because it was the umpire’s call. It would have been a good chance the finger was raised, I’m sure.”

Former international cricket umpire Simon Taufel told Channel 7 viewers it was given not out as the majority of the ball was hitting above the black line at the top of the stumps.

“That 50% of the ball below the blackline at the top of the bails was the area in questionm,” Taufel said.

“Remember, DRS is there to change obvious errors. That was certainly a marginal call and not to be overturned, umpire’s call being retained.”

Australia needed 10 wickets on the final day of play to win the Brisbane Test and the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

Australia's Nathan Lyon
Australia offspinner Nathan Lyon has been frustrated by India’s batters at the Gabba. Credit: AAP

Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc has shrugged off the suggestion of an injury as he prepares for Australia’s final-day push to secure a series win against India.

The left-arm quick appeared troubled by a hamstring niggle in his only over as rain stopped play on day four.

India began the day 0-4 after being set a would-be record at the ground of 328 runs to win the game and the series.

Starc declared himself good to go on Tuesday morning though, saying any grimacing was simply the result of playing all four Tests this series.

“I’m OK, the four of us (fast bowlers) have played all four Test matches this series which is something that the other team haven’t gotten through,” he told ABC Sport.

“That’s a credit to our change room for being quite robust and resilient.”

Australia bowled 131 overs in the fourth innings in Sydney last week but took just five wickets as India’s batters defied them for a draw.

Starc expects any repeat of that in Brisbane from the visitors to be much trickier given the behaviour of a cracking Gabba wicket on Monday.

“Sydney was pretty flat … it didn’t play too many tricks … here at the Gabba we see that extra bounce and the one that Smithy (Steve Smith) copped off a length … it’s what we’re after and it makes for a really exciting last day,” he said.

“They certainly have the batting line-up to chase this down if they want to… But the wicket’s offering enough that we should at least be able to create 10 chances.”

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