Umpires pass ICC test

2013-07-16 17:14
Kumar Dharmasena and Aleem Dar (Getty Images)
London - The ICC have revealed the assessment of the umpires, including the Decision Review System (DRS) analysis, from the first Ashes Test between England and Australia at Trent Bridge.

The umpires made a total of 72 decisions, which is well above the average (49) for a DRS Test match.

The umpiring team was assessed to have made seven errors during the match, out of which three were uncorrected decisions and four decisions were corrected using the DRS.

As such, the correct decision percentage before reviews stood at 90.3% but climbed to 95.8% as a result of the use of the DRS.

This represented an increase of 5.5% in correct decisions, which was the average increase from DRS Test matches in 2012-13.

The three decisions that were marked as uncorrected errors included one against Jonathan Trott when a correct LBW decision was overturned.

The other involved Stuart Broad (catch at slip and LBW not offering a shot) but these couldn’t be corrected as Australia had no reviews available.

When coupled with the conditions, with reverse swing and spin playing an important role, and the added intensity of the first Ashes Test, it was a difficult match to umpire.

"The umpires did a good job under difficult conditions.

"This reflects the calibre of umpires Dar, Dharmasena and Erasmus who have consistently performed at a high level," said ICC chief executive David Richardson reflecting on the assessment.

"However, like the players, umpires can also have good and bad days but we all know that the umpire’s decision, right or wrong, is final and must be accepted.

"While the ICC has complete faith in the ability of its umpires, our confidence in technology is also strengthened by the fact that there was an increase in the number of correct decisions in the Trent Bridge Test through the use of the DRS.

"Technology was introduced with the objective of eradicating the obvious umpiring errors, and to get as many correct decisions as possible.

"If it can help increase the correct decisions by 5.5%, then it is a good outcome, but we must continue to strive to improve umpiring and the performance of the DRS."

The statistics from first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge:

Total umpire decisions: 72
Correct decision % before review: 90.3%
Correct decision % after review: 95.8%
% increase in correct decisions using DRS: +5.5%

DRS - Reviews by countries:
Reviews: 4
Successful reviews: 3
Unsuccessful 1

Reviews: 9
Successful reviews: 2*
Unsuccessful reviews: 7

*Of the two successful decisions, Australia had one incorrectly reversed by the TV Umpire.

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