Three times in the first Gabba Test — with Australia denied twice and the Proteas once — a wicket was denied by the third umpire’s technology after the bowler marginally overstepped with his front foot.
There was a flashpoint on Tuesday’s final day when South African star batsman Hashim Amla, on seven, chopped a James Pattinson delivery on to his stumps as the tourists were under pressure at 26 for one.
Pattinson’s heel was judged just over the popping crease after replays and the third umpire made the correct call to let Amla stay out in the middle.
Fellow Australian paceman Peter Siddle was denied in the same manner against Jacques Kallis on Day One while Proteas quick Morne Morkel was the victim of a dubious call when Ed Cowan gloved down the leg-side late on day three. Australian skipper Michael Clarke, while surprised at the number of contentious no-balls, backed the umpires. “No balls played a big role. It’s not acceptable and the guys know that. There’s a good personal responsibility there and it’s something that needs to be improved upon,” SA captain Graeme Smith said.