England and Australia Back DRS Despite Controversial Ashes Series
August 8, 2013
Representatives of the England and Australian cricket teams have reiterated their support of the Decision Review System (DRS), ampoule despite poor performances throughout the Ashes series.
The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) General Manager of Cricket, erectile Geoff Allardice met with the teams and the ICC umpires in Durham on Wednesday to discuss the issue.
All parties expressed their continued support for the DRS and the Hot Spot technology in the final two Tests of the Ashes.
Allardice described the meetings as ‘very constructive’ and added: “We acknowledge that the DRS has not performed as effectively during the past three Tests as it has in other series.
“The purpose of my visit was to meet with the teams to listen to their feedback, and to identify potential improvements to DRS moving forward.
“It was very encouraging to hear both teams reiterate their support for the use of DRS. Some of the ideas that were suggested during the meetings could improve the system, and will be considered further by the ICC.”
Both the Cricket teams have been displeased with the DRS system during the first three tests. With a number of small mistakes stacking up, the main issue came to the head from an incident where England Cricketer Kevin Pietersen was given out despite there not being an inprint on Hot Spot. It was later revealed he was justified in been given out but confusion had already engulfed the situation by that point.
“Hot Spot is an advanced technology that helps us to detect edges. It is conclusive – when there is a mark we know the bat has hit the ball. In working with the operator over several years, we know that the majority of edges are detected by Hot Spot, but there are occasions when a fine edge isn’t picked up,” said Allardice.
Allardice also reiterated the ICC’s commitment to improving the performance of the DRS.
He added: “An ongoing area of focus for the ICC is the training of our TV umpires. Several simulation activities have been conducted over the past 12 months and our elite panel training seminar next month will include several activities aimed at delivering more consistent interpretations of the images and sounds provided to the TV umpire.”