Voges call sapped New Zealand - Mascarenhas


Dimitri Mascarenhas believes an incorrect reprieve for Adam Voges played a part in New Zealand's struggles against Australia on day two of the first Test at the Basin Reserve.

Voges was in outstanding form on Saturday as he made an unbeaten 176 to guide Australia to 463-6 in reply to the hosts' 183 all out, and in doing so reached an average of 100.33, surpassing the legendary Donald Bradman's 99.94.

But Voges should not have had the opportunity to do so having been bowled by Doug Bracewell in the final over of day one, only for umpire Richard Illingworth to signal a no-ball, deeming the Black Caps bowler had overstepped the line.

Replays showed that decision to be incorrect and the International Cricket Council said it will discuss whether to allow reviews for no-balls at the next committee meeting.

"I'm pretty sure it [the incorrect no-ball decision] did [affect us] overnight" Mascarenhas said. "That was yesterday's news and we just had to get on with it and knock him over again.

"Everything was said yesterday about that. It's one of those things, a tough one to take, but we've just got to get on with it and try and get him out again."

Voges made the most of batting-friendly conditions in Wellington and Mascarenhas admits it was a day of toil against an in-form batsman.

"It's pretty amazing. He's in a rich vein of form and he's just not getting out at the moment," he added. "We're going to have to find a way.

"The wicket has flattened out a lot but we toiled pretty hard and didn't get a lot of movement all day. It was a really tough day but I thought the boys stuck at it well. With a bit more luck we could have got a couple more wickets.

"We've just got to keep doing what we are doing, put the balls in the right areas and set some attacking fields and hopefully force an edge or something like that, but we're playing against some pretty world-class players in serious form, which makes it even harder."