Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns feels the Umpire Decision Review System should be restricted to just one usage per innings to prevent it from becoming a “crutch”.
“The DRS is something that helps the game but I think it needs to be used not as a crutch in the game. I would actually have one review per innings because it is there to stop a very bad decision,” he added.
The DRS has been controversial since its inception and has drawn mixed reactions in international cricket. India has been among the staunch opposers of the system.
Currently,teams are allowed two unsuccessful appeals in an innings.
Talking about the poor form of New Zealand,Cairns said the team has been disappointing in every form of the game but hoped it would climb up the rankings in next three years.
“We are eighth in every form of the game. I don’t think that’s reflective of the talent. New Zealand is more talented than that. Their performances have been erratic,but in next two to three years they will become more consistent,” he explained.
Cairns felt inexperience is the real challenge facing the New Zealand team.
“If you have got strong senior players a lot of young players sort of come through,but New Zealand seem to lose majority of its players in one go. It takes longer (to re-establish) if you don’t have experience in the side,” he said.
Drawing comparisons with the previous and current New Zealand team,Cairns laid emphasis on giving a long run to young players to get experience at the international level.
“We had inconsistency since early 1990s. In mid-’90s we were a very average team. You have to be careful not to chop and change. If you chop and change you don’t get an extended run and experience,” Cairns said.
Considered one of the greatest all-rounder to have played cricket,New Zealand’s Chris Cairns says he sees a bit of himself in rising compatriot Corey Anderson.
“There are some good young players coming through. Corey Anderson is a young all-rounder. He has the ability to change the game with bat and bowl. He is one name to keep an eye on,” Cairns told PTI here at the Education New Zealand fair.
Anderson is a powerful middle-order striker,who gives the ball a hefty thump and can bowl some lively medium pace. He played in the Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia in 2008 and 2010 in New Zealand.
Cairns,however,said the youngster should be given a long run to help him blossom into a world-class all-rounder. “He needs more time to come through,” he said.
Asked whether Australia’s slide is good for world cricket,Cairns said all teams pass through such transitional phases.
“They have to restart,” he said.”I don’t think the Ashes was as far apart as 3-0 would
suggest. I think it’s lot closer than that,but England won the big moments. They were a good side as they showed in India last year. Very consistent,very methodical and won big moments. They worked hard and deserved it (success).”