Mike Hesson was not pleased with the way Neil Wagner was given out but the final outcome went in favour of his side    Getty Images
Mike Hesson was not pleased with the way Neil Wagner was given out on Day 4 of the 2nd Test vs Bangladesh Getty Images

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has called for a review of run-out rules following the bizarre dismissal of Neil Wagner in the second Test against Bangladesh. Wagner grounded his bat before the ball hit the wickets but was given out because he had no part of his body nor bat on the ground when the bails came off. In the fraction of a second it took for the bails to be dislodged he was mid-stride with both feet in the air and had lifted the bat off the ground. The New Zealand argument was that if the bat touching the ground behind the line completes a single if the batsmen turn for another run, then it should also complete the single if it is the end of the scoring movement.

“It seems a little bit unfair. “When your bat bounces over the line, once you’ve made your ground, that’s not really what the run-out’s all about. I personally think it (the rule) needs a bit of tinkering.” The second Test win in Christchurch completed a tour sweep of Bangladesh with New Zealand claiming both Tests as well as the three One-Day internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20s (T20Is). Hesson said the 8-0 triumph had given his bowlers in particular confidence going into next week’s ODI series, named the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, against Australia. Dismissing Bangladesh for 173 in their second innings “was probably our best performance with the ball in 12 months,” he added. Full Cricket Scorecard, Bangladesh vs New Zealand, 2nd Test at Christchruch

Hesson was also not concerned that Australia were resting two of their biggest draw cards, vice-captain David Warner and Usman Khawaja, for the three-match series.

“I think they’ve got plenty of good players though,” he said, recalling that Australia beat New Zealand 3-0 in an ODI series just last month. Currently the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy is with Australia with 5 wins whereas BlackCaps are not far behind with 3 series win.