WATCH : Milne and Marsh openly mock Santner for going rogue with DRS howler

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In the opening match of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, New Zealand displayed their explosive batting prowess with Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra scoring rapid half-centuries, propelling the team to a formidable total of 215/3 in Wellington. Despite this strong start, the Kiwis knew they needed early wickets against Australia’s formidable lineup.

Mitchell Santner, standing in as captain, found an early breakthrough in the fourth over. Adam Milne had Travis Head caught out, bringing Mitchell Marsh to the crease. Milne’s delivery to Marsh was a sharp inswinger that seemed to beat the Australian captain comprehensively, prompting a loud appeal.

However, the umpire remained unmoved, leading to a discussion about whether to review the decision. Milne suggested there might have been an inside edge, and even the wicketkeeper Devon Conway seemed unsure.

Santner, unfortunately, made the mistake of seeking advice from Tim Southee, known for his emotionally charged decisions regarding the Decision Review System (DRS). This led to Santner signaling for the review at the very last moment.

The confusion was evident as Milne halted in his tracks, questioning his captain with outstretched arms, while Marsh found amusement in the situation, realizing he was safe.

Even Southee wore a knowing grin, as did Santner. By the time the replay was shown, the players had already dispersed from the discussion, returning to their positions with the incident causing a moment of chaos on the field.

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