Aus­tralia say no Test back­lash to 'mob rule' wicket

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Aus­tralian cap­tain Steve Smith re­mained riled Tues­day over the "mob rule" dis­missal in the fi­nal ODI against New Zealand but said the fall­out would not spill over to up­com­ing Tests. Smith said that while Mitchell Marsh was le­git­i­mately caught and bowled he should not have been given out be­cause the um­pires were re­act­ing to crowd pres­sure.

There were heated ex­changes on the field be­tween the New Zealan­ders and Aus­tralians af­ter Marsh was bizarrely dis­missed when the ball ric­o­cheted from his bat to his foot then back to the bowler Matt Henry.

It ig­nited a bat­ting col­lapse that saw Aus­tralia lose their last five wick­ets for 27 runs to lose the match and al­low New Zealand to take the se­ries 2-1.

When Henry caught the ball he made a half-hearted ap­peal be­fore walk­ing back to pre­pare for his next de­liv­ery.

The um­pires only took ac­tion when the crowd re­acted vo­cif­er­ously to a re­play on the big screen which showed the ball had not hit the ground.

The Aus­tralian me­dia dubbed it a dis­missal by "mob rule" and Smith said he be­lieved the sys­tem was wrong.

"My thoughts are still the same as last night, the whole process of it needs to im­prove," the Aus­tralian cap­tain said when re­view­ing the match on Tues­day.

"I don't think there should be a re­play on the screen be­fore the next ball's bowled. I don't think that's how a de­ci­sion should be made."

While ob­scen­i­ties were clearly heard on the field at the time of the in­ci­dent, Smith said the fall­out would not im­pact on the two-Test se­ries start­ing in Welling­ton on Fri­day. "We both play a good, hard, ag­gres­sive brand of cricket. It's go­ing to be an­other tough se­ries," he said.

"I think we are all happy with the way the game is be­ing played. It's been played hard and fair through­out this se­ries, like it al­ways is with Aus­tralia and New Zealand and I'm sure it's go­ing to con­tinue to be the same in the Test se­ries."

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