The Ashes: Australian PM Kevin Rudd slams Usman Khawaja's dismissal on Twitter

Updated: 02 August 2013 11:27 IST

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.

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.

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