CategoryDecision Review System

Sheer brilliance overshadowed utter incompetence – day one at Old Trafford

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Ok. I’m going to take a deep breath before writing this. First of all, lets deal with the pitch … It’s flat, and it got flatter as the first day progressed. Bumble, the one member of the Sky team with local knowledge, doesn’t think it will break up as the game progresses. Let’s hope he’s right. In theory, it won’t be easy for either team to take 20 wickets on this. When it does occasionally offer...

What Prior’s stroke of luck could mean for DRS

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This blog is a broad church when it comes to the Decision Review System. My colleague James is a keen advocate, while I’ve always been an opponent – one reason being that ball-tracking still requires assumptions and guess-work, just as naked-eye umpiring does. Which is why I couldn’t help but be intrigued by an e-mail from TFT reader Giffenman, who draws a very interesting...

The countdown and the conundrum – day four at Nagpur

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England 330. India 326-9 dec. England 161-3 Well you didn’t think we were going to breeze it, did you? Much as we’d have loved Kevin Pietersen to score a run a ball hundred and take the game away from India completely, it was never going to happen on this abysmal pitch. All things considered 161-3 was a pretty good effort – even if the cricket was duller than a dinner party involving Duncan...

The joy of no DRS

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I’ll tell you what I’ve particularly enjoyed about the India v England series. Not Alastair Cook’s imperious form, nor the resurgence of Monty Panesar, not even England’s stirring comeback since Ahmedabad – tremendous though all three have been. No. What I’ve liked is this: no DRS. And I’m aware that in holding this view I’m almost certainly in a...

How will DRS affect village cricket?

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The law of unintended consequences. That’s the phrase we’ve heard from pundits many a time over recent months, as the cricketing cognoscenti absorb the impact of the Umpire Decision Review System. As we now know, computerised ball-tracking is doing far more than simply ensure fewer incorrect decisions. It’s changed the whole relationship between bat and ball, at least when the...

It’s time to review the DRS – day one from Dubai

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Who would have thought that a game watched by approximately sixteen people and three goats would demonstate, more than any other, that the DRS has totally changed the sport? Sixteen wickets fell on the first day of the third test – and what’s more, the pitch was perfectly good. England bowled superbly in the morning. To dismiss a team that chose to bat first for under 100 was an incredible effort...

Give England’s batsmen a break

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I was on a stag weekend when I watched England’s dismal capitulation against Pakistan on Saturday. It didn’t quite ruin the occasion – when you go to a rugby match with a bloke dressed up in monkey costume, it’s kind of hard not to have a good time – but it did spark some pretty serious conversation about England’s depressing performance. First of all, let me tell you a little something about the...

KP out of pocket, but still a winner

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Did you see it? It was perhaps the worst lbw decision we’ve seen this millennium. The bowler was Raina, the batsman was KP, the ball pitched about a foot and a half outside leg-stump, the decision was out. No matter what you think of the DRS, there is surely one indisputable truth: no matter how many grey areas are thrown up by hotspot and the hawkeye’s predictive element, god awful umpiring...

India: a different sporting planet

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If you have a thick skin, and the ability to ignore countless uneducated, one eyed and quite frankly aggressive and anti-English comments, check out the comments under cricinfo.com articles. They’re flooded with Indian fans that appear to either know nothing about cricket or have a habit of consuming narcotic substances before they sit down at a keyboard. Initially, it’s hard not to get worked up...

Finally, cricket is the winner – day five at Lord’s

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  England beat India by 196 runs   People’s Monday, they’ll probably call it. Extraordinary scenes of mile-long queues through St John’s Wood. Fans arriving at 2.00am to bag a seat. The ground rammed to the gills with ordinary cricket followers, on the fifth day of a test match. The best atmosphere anyone could recall at Lord’s for years.   The cynic in me suspects the...

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