Flower echoes cry for better use of technology; calls for experts

England coach Andy Flower joined the captains of both sides in calling for improved use of the Decision Review System in the remaining two Ashes Tests against Australia

Written by AFP | Manchester | Published:August 7, 2013 2:48 am

England coach Andy Flower joined the captains of both sides in calling for improved use of the Decision Review System in the remaining two Ashes Tests against Australia.

England retained the Ashes after the third Test at Old Trafford ,but once again the use of DRS by the officials this Ashes was a major talking point after yet more contentious rulings in Manchester.

“Firstly,umpiring is a very tricky business but I would say that there are very clear protocols to use and to stick to and I think some calm decision-making needs to be made over the next two Tests,” Flower said Tuesday.

At times the available technology has contradicted itself and former Zimbabwe batsman Flower added: “I think there are improvements that can be made. There are improvements in the use of the technology and the use of experts who know how to use the technology that could make a difference to getting better results.”

Eight umpires down

Given eight of the ICC’s 12-strong elite panel of umpires are barred from officiating in Ashes matches because they are from either England or Australia,this series has been overseen by the quartet of Pakistan’s Aleem Dar,Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena,New Zealand’s Tony Hill and South Africa’s Marais Erasmus,who’ve rotated the on-field standing and third umpire roles between them.

In the first Test at Trent Bridge,where Erasmus was widely criticised for overturning Dar’s original not out decision and ruling England batsman Jonathan Trott was out lbw,six out of 13 reviews led to a changed decision. At Lord’s,where England won the second Test by 347 runs,only one review led to an overturned call.

Meanwhile at Old Trafford,where Hill and Erasmus were the men in the middle with Dharmasena the third umpire,the teams sought 10 reviews,with none of the standing umpires’ decisions reversed. Both Australia captain Michael Clarke and England counterpart Alastair Cook said they were “confused” by the application of DRS this Ashes series.

‘Consistently confusing’

“There’s obviously been a couple of occasions where both teams have been a bit confused but the one thing I like about is that it is consistent for both teams,” said Clarke.

Cook added: “In practice,DRS has worked really well,maybe apart from this series. I don’t know whether it’s just because it’s the Ashes the cricketing gods have thrown up some slightly inconclusive evidence.

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