2 04, 2013

What Prior’s stroke of luck could mean for DRS

2015-10-29T18:20:33+00:00 April 2nd, 2013|Decision Review System|6 Comments

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 [...]

11 12, 2012

The joy of no DRS

2012-12-11T10:46:52+00:00 December 11th, 2012|Decision Review System|13 Comments

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 [...]

20 03, 2012

How will DRS affect village cricket?

2012-03-20T12:21:51+00:00 March 20th, 2012|Decision Review System|3 Comments

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 [...]

30 01, 2012

Give England’s batsmen a break

2012-01-30T17:20:31+00:00 January 30th, 2012|Decision Review System|4 Comments

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 [...]

31 10, 2011

KP out of pocket, but still a winner

2011-10-31T09:02:56+00:00 October 31st, 2011|Decision Review System|1 Comment

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: [...]

25 10, 2011

India: a different sporting planet

2011-10-25T11:02:00+00:00 October 25th, 2011|Being an England supporter, Decision Review System|11 Comments

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 [...]

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