16 Feb 2016

More technology the better says Hesson

1:08 pm on 16 February 2016

The Black Caps coach Mike Hesson says he's all for greater use of technology to help cricket umpires make correct decisions.

New Zealand lost the first Test against Australia by an innings and 52 runs.

The Black Caps should have had Australian batsman Adam Voges out for seven when he was bowled, but umpire Richard Illingworth mistakenly called it a no-ball.

Voges went on to make 239.

Cricket umpire Richard Illingworth

Cricket umpire Richard Illingworth Photo: Photosport

Hesson said if technology can be used to increase the percentage of correct decisions then wrong umpiring calls will have less of an impact on the outcome of matches.

Despite technology playing a greater role in decision making, Hesson said he doesn't see pitch umpires becoming redundant.

"There's a lot of water to go under the bridge before we're even close to that. Umpires are assisted in many different ways using technology and I think it's making the game better."

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson Photo: Photosport

"Players, spectators and coaches just want as many correct decisions as possible and if that's going from 5 (percent) to 95 (percent) so be it," said Hesson.

Australia go into the second Test against New Zealand starting in Christchurch on Saturday with a one nil series lead after winning the first Test in Wellington by an innings and 52 runs.

Winning the series will also lift Australia to No.1 on the world rankings.

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