More DRS drama, Ponting questions SCG call

Rob Forsaith
Australia believe opener Tom Blundell, left, was out but third umpire Nigel Llong disagreed

The trans-Tasman Test series has delivered yet another contentious third umpire's verdict, with Ricky Ponting suggesting a rushed Nigel Llong erred after Australia's review of a caught-behind shout at the SCG.

New Zealand strolled to 0-63 at stumps on day two of the third trans-Tasman Test with minimal fuss.

The closest Australia came to a breakthrough was when Tim Paine believed he snaffled a faint edge off the bowling of Pat Cummins, which came when Tom Blundell was on 16 and NZ were 0-41.

Paine opted for a review.

Llong quickly decided there wasn't conclusive evidence to overturn the decision but Ponting pointed to a tiny mark on Hot Spot.

"If there's no mark on the bat before and there's a mark where the ball passed the bat on Hot Spot ... for mine that is conclusive evidence," Seven Network commentator Ponting said.

"We had one at the MCG, Mitchell Santner (was judged not out by the third umpire) ... it hit the sweat band. I think the umpires' decisions are being rushed. They have to ask for every possible (angle) to make the correct decision."

Marnus Labuschagne, who was fielding at midwicket, believed it was out and heard a noise.

"It's hard for us to see (the replay) out there because it's not as high definition on the big screen," Labuschagne told reporters.

"It's hard for us to see if there was a little spot.

"James Pattinson in the circle said there was a little spot, he spotted it. Not sure at all though ... unfortunately it wasn't out."