01/08/2013 10:40 BST | Updated 01/08/2013 10:42 BST

Ashes 2013: Australia PM Kevin Rudd Blasts Umpire

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd went into bat for his country against the vexed DRS process after Usman Khawaja's controversial dismissal in the third Ashes Test today.

Khawaja was given out by on-field umpire Tony Hill for just a single in Australia's lunchtime 92 for two at Emirates Old Trafford, and then saw the decision endorsed by third official Kumar Dharmasena despite audio and video evidence which appeared to suggest it should have instead been reversed.

Within minutes, Mr Rudd was moved to tweet: "I've just sat down to watch the Test.

Khawaja was mystified as to why he was given out

"That was one of the worst cricket umpiring decisions I have ever seen."




The 19-year-old debutant appeared to have been just short of his ground on six when a stumping decision was reviewed to third umpire Marais Erasmus. The Zimbabwean official saw things differently, reprieving Agar to go on and make 98 - a world-record Test score for a number 11.


Erasmus was again under the spotlight after he overturned Aleem Dar's on-field decision not to give out Trott lbw for a first-ball duck. Replays seemed to suggest an inside edge but, with the Hot Spot technology absent, Erasmus opted to send Trott on his way.


Australia were this time left incensed as Broad stood his ground after his thick edge went off wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's gloves and to Michael Clarke at slip. Dar - like Broad - was unmoved, though, and with Australia having used up all their challenges the England man remained.



After watching Bell compile back-to-back hundreds, Australia thought they had him for three on the third afternoon. But the batsman was unsure whether Steve Smith's catch at gully was clean and stood his ground. The on-field umpires could not decide and asked TV official Tony Hill to adjudicate. Replays seemed to back the tourists but Hill saw room for doubt and ruled in Bell's favour.



The Australia number three was given out for a single by on-field umpire Tony Hill, caught-behind off Graeme Swann. Khawaja went to DRS, which appeared to strongly indicate - no noise at the possible impact of bat on ball, no Hotspot and an apparent visible gap between leather and willow - that the decision should be overturned by third umpire Kumar Dharmasena.