Posted: January 20, 2013 in Sport

Dont Ruin Sport? Yes in a way but actually referring to the Decision Review System used in cricket – at times. Yesterday there was another ODI played between the super Aussies and the apparent easy beats Sri Lanka – who currently lead the series 2:1! Aussies must be super because we can choose any team we want on a given day regardless of form or ability. There is just so much talent in this country – apparently. Hughes was out early because as we Aussie Cricket followers know if those smart ass bowlers start to swing the ball we are screwed. Then Pup comes in to a rapturous applause. Smokes a few fours while Warner has a few swings and misses and all seems right with our cricket. Then Pup steps 3 feet outside the off stump and gets hit in the chest and they go up for LBW which is given not out. SL ask for referral and of course then lose the right to appeal a decision again this match. Then Pup is hit on the toe in front of middle stump and is given out and thinks wait a minute I am the captain, lets appeal the decision. Of course he is out so now both sides are open to any howler decisions – and didnt we get some.

Explanation: It was introduced to get rid of the “howler”, however batting teams have just two unsuccessful challenges against umpiring decisions in Test matches and only one unsuccessful challenge in 50-over cricket. International Cricket Council studies have found that decision-making has improved from 92 percent to 96 percent with the DRS. While India opposes the DRS for all the wrong reasons, questioning technology that is more accurate than the human eye, the system fails to remove blatant mistakes from the game.

So there is no easy answer but the current system is not working. Pup said it all evens out in the end – he may have had a different point of view if match had not been rained out. If he really believes that then there is no need for this half baked process in place at present. Like the video ref in Rugby League, a lot of it is a marketing ploy to engage the crowd more and lets face it in cricket we need that! Even in RL the video Ref can take 5 minutes and still get it wrong!

So does DRS improve cricket? Yes as a spectator sport but no as far as getting it right all the time. DRS can help Australian Cricket significantly though which is all we should be concerned about as our National Day approaches. How you may ask ?

Dump Rubbish Spinners and Dont Rotate Selectors!

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