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Cricket news - Umpiring errors in spotlight as Australia inch closer

Lyon picked up three key scalps in the first session of the final day

Amidst a host of wrong umpiring decisions, you might struggle to pick a favourite between Joel Wilson and Aleem Dar, but not Joe Root. He was twice given out leg-before by Wilson, first off James Pattinson and later off Peter Siddle, only for the decision to be overturned both times. Dar, in contrast, and as if to compensate, let Root go scot free even when he wasn't obviously offering a shot to Nathan Lyon, the bat neatly hidden behind the pad. But come the end of the session, the redemption arrived. Lyon didn't even need the umpire then. Root was caught at bat-pad, becoming the fourth wicket England lose in the session.

Two quick bowlers in James Pattinson and Pat Cummins, both of whom didn't get the new ball last night, started in hostile fashion on the fifth morning, with Cummins even accounting for Rory Burns with a lifting snorter. Burns achieved the rare feat of batting on all five days of a Test match but this latest stint at the crease didn't last long.

It was then when Lyon, now bowling with a ball that had its lacquer coming off, got into the act. Sharp turn, drift and bounce on this favourable pitch, Lyon troubled Root with his offbreaks but didn't really have to work hard with Jason Roy. The right-hand opener left his crease and was bowled through the gate a la dismissals in limited-overs cricket. Joe Denly, in contrast, started with two confident sweeps against Lyon but was caught at bat-pad off a sharply turning delivery.

Lyon capped the session with three wickets. There could have been a couple more, had Peter Siddle's painfully accurate lines taken an outside edge. But there's more challenge that awaits England in the second session, both in the form of Australia's bowling and the umpiring howlers, that are now up to 16 in the Test match. Joel Wilson, in his maiden Test match as an Elite umpire, has accounted for 10 of those alone.

Brief Scores: Australia 284 & 487/7 dec. (Steve Smith 142, Matthew Wade 110; Ben Stokes 3-85) lead England 374 & 85/4 (Jason Roy 28, Joe Root 28; Nathan Lyon 3-31, Pat Cummins 1-17) by 312 runs

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