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Australia Destroy Sri Lanka After Yet Another Technology Farce

Australia has beaten Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs in the first Test at The Gabba.

The hosts sealed the match in the middle session of the third day -- meaning the Test took approximately half its allocated time. The scorecard is here.

The Test will be remembered for the 10 first wicket haul in Tests by Pat Cummins, who took 6/23 in the Sri Lankan second innings to go with his 4/39 in the first.

But it will also, sadly, be remembered for yet another Decision Review System Farce which left cricket fans at The Gabba and all around Australia super confused.

Australia was well on top when the sixth wicket of the Sri Lankan second innings fell in circumstances which were controversial to say the least.

South African umpire Marais Erasmus gave Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne out caught behind off Pat Cummins for 32, ruling he had gotten the faintest of nicks.

But did he actually touch the ball?

Here's the thing. Third umpire Michael Gough said "one frame behind is conclusive evidence that there's a spike and it's out".

But wait. If there's a spike (which indicates a sound), surely that spike should be at the very moment the ball passes the bat -- not one frame behind.

Image: cricket.com.au and Fox Sports

The technology is called "RTS" or "Real Time Snicko", after all. This spike was not in real time. It was AFTER the ball had passed the bat, suggesting something else had made the noise.

Anyway it was ruled out. And confusion is the new certainty.

Scroll down for all the highlights of today's action as it panned out. And we'll see you for the second Test next week in Canberra!

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BELOW:

  • The end is near
  • Another for Richo
  • Five for Cummins but confusion about 5th wicket!
  • Jhye Richardson gets in on the act
  • Pat Cummins rips through Sri Lanka early