George Bailey: I told Davey to review

David Warner leaves the field after being dismissed at Eden Park. Photo / Getty
David Warner leaves the field after being dismissed at Eden Park. Photo / Getty

George Bailey has given his version of events on David Warner's controversial LBW dismissal against New Zealand, saying he told the Australian opener to review it but he didn't.

Warner opted not to use the Decision Referral System (DRS) against New Zealand in their ODI at Eden Park on Wednesday, before replays showed the dismissal that became the catalyst of a 4/2 collapse would have been overturned.

"I said 'what does it feel like?"' Bailey told RSN Breakfast on Thursday.

"And he said 'high'.

"And I said 'go for it' and he turned around and walked off, so I don't really know what more he wants from my end."

Bailey lost his own wicket in the following over as Australia fell to a 159-run flogging and immediately questioned Warner in the dressing room why he had opted to walk.

"He said 'I wasn't that confident in what you had said' and I said 'well I'm not really sure what you're after Davey, but I can't be any more explicit than saying go for it."'

However, Bailey played down the role of the non-striker in DRS referrals, arguing the dismissed batsman is always best placed to determine their fate.

"More often than not I reckon you know," Bailey said.

"Quite often those discussions with the bloke at the other end, you're sort of hoping for a miracle.

"But I think in his case it was him just going with his gut," he said.

Australian captain Steve Smith also questioned why the decision wasn't sent upstairs by Warner.

"It wasn't a great non-referral," Smith said on Wednesday after the loss.

"I thought he must have hit it when I saw it live because Brendon McCullum caught it.

"I'm not really sure of the conversation those two had just yet. I'll find out once I get back into the sheds."

-AAP

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