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India in Australia: Nathan Lyon contradicts MS Dhoni, praises umpires

India-in-AustraliaIndian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni might feel that umpiring in the ongoing Test series needs to improve but Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon said on Monday, officials have done a good job and a couple of bad decisions should not provoke on-field altercations.

India were at the receiving end of at least five contentious calls in the first two Tests, both of which the visitors lost, prompting Dhoni to state that umpiring could certainly improve.

Lyon said the teams should not fret over umpiring and neither should the players allow it to become a reason for flared tempers.

“You’re going to have to control your emotions out there.

In Adelaide too some emotions were flying quite high when a couple of decisions weren’t going either way. But that’s Test match cricket. There are enough emotions out there in the middle. We just have to keep patient and keep working hard and not worry about what the umpire says,” Lyon told reporters.

He was answering specifically to the point brought up by Dhoni, wherein on Saturday he had commented on the inconsistent umpiring in this ongoing series. The umpiring blunders has triggered a debate on whether the Decision Review System should have been used in the series.

“I personally think they’ve done a pretty good job,” Lyon said supporting the umpires, Ian Gould and Marais Erasmus.

“It’s been quite tough for them, especially in Adelaide.

That wicket was a pretty tough wicket. It’s going to swing both ways (with such decisions). We could have had a different result in Adelaide (in the first Test) if we had DRS but in saying that it could have gone our way as well,” he added.

Talking specifically about the DRS debate, he opined.

“Both team have to agree to use it. I know I am definitely not against DRS. I think it is good for the game.”

“I don’t have any problem with it. But both team have to agree to use it,” he replied, when asked about the issues that the Indian players have voiced about DRS in recent days.

Australia have quite a few injury worries going into the Boxing Day Test. Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris have been bowling in the nets, while David Warner is expected to overcome his sore thumb and be fit for the match.

Mitchell Marsh has already been ruled out and batsman Joe Burns has been drafted into the side in his place.

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