A bizarre off-the-toe catch by Matt Henry brought a fairytale end to Brendon McCullum’s ODI career when New Zealand beat Australia by 55 runs in Hamilton Monday.
The victory in a game that was in Australia’s favour until Henry’s dismissal of Mitchell Marsh, saw McCullum end his limited overs career with a 2-1 series win over the world champions and the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.
Australia, set a target of 247, had their tails up when they needed 83 off the last 16 overs with five wickets in hand and Marsh, their match-winner in Sunday’s second tie, in full flight.
The win, however, was marred by a surreal period of play when the crowd appeared to influence a decision on the field.
All-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who took 3-34 in New Zealand’s innings, appeared well-set on 41 with his side 164-5 in the 34th over and back in control of the match before he hit a delivery back to bowler Matt Henry.
Henry half-heartedly appealed for a caught and bowled but it was turned down.
The giant television screen at the ground then showed a replay that created a huge uproar from the crowd who thought it had cannoned into Marsh’s boot before popping back to the bowler.
Umpires Ian Gould and Derek Walker then asked third umpire Sundaram Ravi for a review after they also saw the replay and heard the crowd reaction.
Slow-motion cameras showed the ball had not hit the ground before Henry took the catch and Ravi told Gould to give the Australian out, which caused an angry outburst from Marsh and his batting partner Matthew Wade.
“A bit of controversy there, I don’t think there was much of an appeal... and they went upstairs after the replay, a bit disappointing,” Australia captain Steve Smith said.
“The right decision was made no doubt about that... I don’t want to take anything away from the Blackcaps, they deserved to win.”