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Nathan Lyon backs both umpires

Nathan Lyon backs both umpires
India captain MS Dhoni might feel umpiring in the ongoing Test series needs to improve but Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon on Monday said 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 here.

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.

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