Manchester - England coach Andy Flower joined the captains of both sides in
calling for improved use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the
remaining two Ashes Tests against Australia.
retained the Ashes after the third Test at Old Trafford ended in a
rain-affected draw on Monday, leaving the home side 2-0 up with two to
play ahead of the fourth Test in Durham starting on Friday.
once again the use of DRS by the officials this Ashes was a major
talking point after yet more contentious rulings in Manchester.
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
Sometimes 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 of the International Cricket Council'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 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
At Lord's, where England won the second Test by 347 runs, only one review led to an overturned call.
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.
This appeared to
indicate the teams were becoming progressively more careless with their
challenges, when further exposure to DRS ought to produce the reverse
effect, or that the third umpire was increasingly reluctant to over-rule
his two standing colleagues.
At Old Trafford, there were times
when both England and Australia, more than being frustrated at DRS
verdicts going against them, didn't seem to understand why their
challenges had failed.
In Manchester, the most controversial case
involved the first innings dismissal of Australia batsman Usman Khawaja,
given out caught behind off the bowling of off-spinner Graeme Swann for
one by Hill.
DRS appeared to indicate there was no noise at the moment the bat ought to have hit the ball and nor did Hotspot reveal an edge.
Yet Dharmasena upheld Hill's decision, prompting Australia great Shane Warne to label the decision "absolutely shocking".
both Australia captain Michael Clarke and England counterpart Alastair
Cook said they were "confused" by the application of DRS this series.
a fan of DRS, I am a fan of technology in our game and 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.
are just a little bit confused at the moment why certain decisions have
been overturned and certain decisions haven't been overturned.
"I don't think that's just with an England cap on, I think both sides would be feeling that.
are a little bit confused with it but hopefully the ICC can iron out
(the problems) and we can get back to what it's designed for which is
making more decisions correct."