Brendon McCullum bites his tongue over DRS

BEN STANLEY
Last updated 05:00 28/12/2013
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GIVEN OUT: Brendon McCullum walks off after being given out in controversial circumstances in the first ODI.

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Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum has played a straight bat on questions about the failings of the Decision Review System (DRS), despite his controversial dismissal in Auckland this week.

McCullum was the lone island of middle order resistance with a battling 51 in New Zealand's paltry 156 all out, but was given out leg-before by umpire Gary Baxter off West Indian skipper Dwayne Bravo.

McCullum was more than two metres out of his batting crease when the ball struck his pads, and instantly referred the decision to the DRS.

The New Zealander was so far out of his crease that the DRS camera at square leg could not even pick up where the ball struck - however the decision was upheld. The Black Caps went on to lose the game by two wickets.

When asked about the decision in the post-match press conference to Thursday's match at Eden Park, McCullum allowed himself a wry smile before addressing the dismissal.

"I'm keen to answer it - I just have to be careful how I answer it," McCullum said. "Firstly, umpiring and being an official is a very tough job. I have a lot of respect for the guys that do that job.

"The other side of the coin is we sat in a pre-series meeting where we discussed the use of technology - and how effective it is when you're three metres down the track.

"The message relayed to us is the technology is not effective when you are that far down the pitch. I know it continued to show hot spot, snicko and the projected path - but the information we received is it is not accurate when you are that far down the wicket. I think there was an error there."

McCullum's controversial wicket was not the only DRS decision at Eden Park that has drawn the the ire of critics.

West Indian batsman Lendl Simmons was given out after edging the ball to Ross Taylor at first slip off Black Caps seamer Kyle Mills.

Taylor was unsure whether the ball touched the ground before he caught it, and after countless television replays, the decision to give Simmons out stood.

Bravo brushed off the decision - though the elation of the first victory on the tour may have played a part in his response.

"To be honest, it could have gone either way," Bravo said.

"Ross was not sure. He asked for the decision to go upstairs. The third umpire also said it was out. We have to accept that.

"I don't think there's anything we can do as a team about it. We don't let those things get the better of us - we try to put it away and look forward to the next opportunity."

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