Flower backs referral system

2010-11-30 10:53
Andy Flower (AP)

Adelaide - England coach Andy Flower on Tuesday gave his backing to the controversial TV referral system for adjudicating suspect catches in international cricket.

Flower is at odds with Ricky Ponting, who was annoyed that England opener Alastair Cook refused to walk after the Australian skipper took what he claimed was a fair catch low to the ground on Monday's last day of the drawn Gabba Test.

Ponting said the referral of disputed catches to inadequate technology was a "blight on the game".

Ponting's "catch", when Cook was on 209, was referred to the third umpire but television replays were inconclusive and the English opener went on to make an unbeaten 235.

Flower said he did not see how an honesty system was practical in the professional sporting age when he had seen so many catches claimed by fielders who mistakenly believed they had taken a fair catch.

"I've always thought that that (an honesty system) is the ideal, however if we did leave it at that, there'd be a lot of catches taken on the bounce that are claimed by fielders," Flower told reporters.

"You can't always tell whether you've taken it cleanly.

"I know a number of people of impeccable character that have claimed catches and you can see that it's bounced and it's not because they're trying to cheat, it's because sometimes you just can't tell.

"So we've gone down the road of the TV umpire being used more often and there's no way it's going to go backwards, so it would be naive to think that."

Flower indicated he would like to see umpires given the sole right to check with the third umpire about a dismissal.

"Whatever system we use is not going to be perfect and looking for the perfect answer is unrealistic," he said.

"We are getting more decisions right this way, so I think that we should use some sort of referral system.

"I'm not sure what the best referral system is, I think it would be interesting to trial a system where the umpires use it themselves."

Ponting said after Monday's Test that he sought an explanation from the umpires as to what the decision-making process involved when his catch was turned down by the third umpire.

"I do feel a little bit annoyed because I think it is a blight on the game that we are trusting in technology that is not good enough to show it," Ponting said.

"I could have got that ball and thrown it up in the air and no one would have asked a question of it.

"As soon as they are referred, you pretty much know what the end result is going to be."

Read more on:    ashes  |  ricky ponting  |  andy flower


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Boks to slay Dragons, predicts Carling
Walker called up to face SA
WATCH: Namibia prop bows out with humorous kick!
VIDEO: 'British media were raving about Lood, Eben'
Previous Results

Date Match Result

Who will win the 2015 edition of the Ashes?

/World Cup
Love 2 Meet

Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.