'There's no way': Australia dudded in 'ridiculous' Ashes farce

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Nathan Lyon, pictured here after DRS said the ball was going over the stumps.
Nathan Lyon couldn't believe it after DRS said the ball was going over the stumps. Image: Fox Sports/Getty

The Decision Review System once again raised eyebrows in the second Ashes Test after Australia appeared to be robbed in a bizarre lbw review.

Fans were left raging during the first Test in Brisbane when DRS was unavailable for a short period of time due to a technical malfunction.

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But on Monday during the final day of the second Test in Adelaide, it appeared to be the ball-tracking technology that malfunctioned.

Australia thought they had trapped Stuart Broad in front when he padded up to a Nathan Lyon delivery that straightened towards the stumps.

On-field umpire Paul Wilson denied the Aussies' appeal, so the hosts used a DRS review convinced it was out.

Because Broad hadn't played a shot, all the Aussies had to worry about was whether or not the ball was hitting the stumps.

But they were left gobsmacked when the ball-tracking technology suggested the ball was going over the top.

Ball-tracking technology, pictured here showing the ball was bouncing over the stumps.
Ball-tracking technology showed the ball was bouncing over the stumps. Image: Fox Sports

Lyon was left filthy and put his head in his hands in disbelief, while fans and commentators were also questioning how accurate the ball-tracking technology was.

A side-on replay showed there was no way the ball had enough height to miss the stumps.

"I'm sorry but there's no way that ball is going over the top," James Brayshaw said on Channel 7.

Gus Worland said "DRS is kidding itself" on Triple M, while Izzy Westbury added: “I think that’s ridiculous, and I’m English."

Aussies claim victory after brave Jos Buttler knock

Luckily for the Australians it didn't end up costing them, with Jos Buttler's brave knock ending in heartbreaking fashion late in the day.

Australia were made to toil for a triumph which extends their perfect record in day-night Tests - now nine games, nine wins.

Set 468 runs to win, the tourists were bowled out for 192 with some 21 overs remaining on the final day at Adelaide Oval.

Comeback quick Jhye Richardson took his first Test five-wicket haul but the locals had to overcome a stubborn knock from Buttler to prevail after the tea break.

Buttler (26) soaked up 207 balls before being out hit wicket in the final session.

Playing a short Richardson ball to cover, he took off for a run only for his right heel to nudge into the stumps and gently dislodge the bails.

"I wasn't getting nervous," Australia's stand-in skipper Steve Smith said.

"I was still pretty confident but it was bizarre the way that wicket happened.

"He gave them a bit of a sniff there for a while."

Smith hailed the performance of his bowlers, with Richardson's 5-42 complemented by Starc taking six wickets for the match and Lyon taking five.

with AAP

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