Cricket: Review system in spotlight after Ashes thriller

NOTTINGHAM, July 15, 2013 (AFP) – If ever confirmation was needed the umpire’s decision is no longer final, at least at international level, the first Test between England and Australia at Trent Bridge provided the proof. An enthralling match, which England won by 14 runs, was beset by controversies over the use of the Decision Review System (DRS).

It ended when England challenged the original verdict of experienced umpire Aleem Dar to give Brad Haddin not out after an appeal for caught behind off man-of-the-match James Anderson.

But Hot Spot technology indicated Haddin had got a thin nick to opposing wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

Ashes-holders England’s joy was unconfined, as was that of the bulk of a 17,000 capacity crowd when, after receiving word from South African third umpire Marais Erasmus, Pakistani official Dar crossed his arms to signal a change of decision and raised his finger to give Haddin out.

DRS was brought in by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to eliminate the ‘howler’ or spectacularly incorrect decision, although such is powerhouse India’s dislike of the set-up, it isn’t used in bilateral fixtures involving the Asian giants.

Yet on the third day of this match, England’s Stuar