Wellington - New Zealand blamed their own
poor batting and not a costly umpiring blunder for their heavy defeat in the
first Test against Australia on Monday.
But rival captains Brendon McCullum and
Steve Smith agreed the method of ruling on no-balls needs to be examined.
Australia wrapped up the Test by an innings
and 52 runs on the fourth day on the back of Adam Voges' 239 after he was
wrongly given not out when bowled for seven.
Bowler Doug Bracewell was adjudged to have
sent down a no-ball, although TV replays showed it was a legitimate delivery.
"Maybe that's something that needs to
be looked at just to make sure that you get the right decision all the
time," said McCullum.
Smith said it was important to get correct
calls as much as possible.
"Everyone makes mistakes, whether
you're a player or umpire and hopefully they can find a way to resolve that so
those sort of mistakes don't happen too much in the future," Smith said.
But McCullum said New Zealand were
effectively out of the game well before Voges' reprieve, after being sent in to
bat and being quickly reduced to 51-5 as the Australia quicks exploited the
"It's one thing to win the toss in
seamer-friendly conditions but it's another thing to execute as well as what
they did. I thought they were outstanding," McCullum said.
"From lunchtime on the first day we
were trying to play catch-up and were never able to do it. In the end we were
New Zealand were all out for 183 in their
first innings and 327 in the second, while Australia made 562 in their only bat
with Voges and Usman Khawaja (140) dominating.
While disappointed with Richard
Illingworth's umpiring blunder late on the first day, McCullum had only praise
for Voges' 504-minute innings.
"Adam, as well the strength of
character to overcome that non-dismissal that night then to go on to post a
sizable total shows not only how good a player he is but how strong a player he
is as well," the New Zealand skipper said.
"Rich Illingworth will be pretty
disappointed about it I'm guessing. It's bit of a shame but I've said all along
you've got to take the rough with the smooth in this game and credit to Voges
for making it count that bit of fortune he did receive.
"The next morning when we arrived at
the ground we thought we were still in the game but the way they (Voges and
Khawaja) put together that partnership took us right out of the game."
Smith also reserved special praise for
Voges who has a batting average of 97.46, after being ahead of the legendary
Don Bradman's 99.94 before he was dismissed in Wellington.
"I think Adam Voges has been
absolutely outstanding. We were calling him Don Bradman this game after he got
his average up over 100," Smith said.