Manchester: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has taken to Twitter to complain about a controversial decision to give one of his country's batsmen out during the third Ashes test against England on Thursday.
Usman Khawaja was adjudged to have edged a delivery by Graeme Swann to wicketkeeper Matt Prior, despite replay technology failing to provide any evidence that he touched the ball with his bat. (Also read: Oz press comes down hard against Khawaja's dismissal)
Rudd tweeted "I've just sat down to watch the test. That was one of the worst cricket umpiring decisions I have ever seen."
The call — upheld after a review — appeared to be widely condemned, with Australia bowling great Shane Warne calling it a "ridiculous decision." (Related read: Cricket Australia lodge complaint)
It left Australia 82-2 in the opening session, with the team needing victory to stay alive in the five-test series.