Michael Clarke defends umpires decision to review no-balls on dismissals
Australian captain Michael Clarke has defended umpires protecting themselves with technology after the torment of three wickets being overturned by reviewed no-balls in the first Test.
Bowlers, commentators and fans were furious through the Gabba series-opener as Australia (twice) and South Africa were both denied dismissals after the third umpire was called on to detect marginal front-foot no-balls.
The biggest drama came on the final day came when Hamish Amla, on 7, played on a James Pattinson half-volley as the tourists were battling against the new-ball at 1-26.
Pattinson over-strode by a mere centimetre, with his heel landing on the popping crease, but the third umpire made the correct call to let Amla stay.
Another Australian, Peter Siddle, was denied in the same manner against Jacques Kallis on day one while Proteas quick Morne Morkel was the victim of a dubious call when Ed Cowan gloved down the leg-side late on day three.
But Clarke said it was better to be safe than sorry with the technology available.
"I think any time you bowl a no-ball front foot it should be picked up, the umpires on the ground are doing their best that is for sure; they are probably just making extra sure when a wicket falls," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Clarke, as saying.
"I would rather see them picked up than guys bowling no balls and still getting away with a wicket," he added.