It was supposed to be the answer to all of our prayers, but the Decision Review System has proved to be as popular as Tony Abbott at a feminist rally.
A system designed to make life easier for players, umpires and fans has only added to the confusion and frustration it was supposed to eliminate.
Three years after the DRS was introduced into Test cricket, it's time for the ICC to make some tough decisions (the kind of decisions they normally run from faster than Usain Bolt out of the blocks).
Either they make changes to the DRS or scrap it completely.
Here are two changes that must be made:1) Eliminate Hot Spot
This chicken-sponsored technology has proven to be incredibly unreliable this summer, highlighted by the Graeme Smith incident during the second Test in Adelaide. Smith was initially given out caught behind by the on-field umpire, but was given a reprieve on review after Hot Spot showed no mark as the ball past Smith's bat. But two frames later, with the ball now well on its way to the wicketkeeper, Smith's bat lit up like a Christmas tree. A similar thing happened to Mike Hussey in the same match and David Warner at the WACA just a few days later. Where did those white marks come from? And how can we differentiate them from the ball hitting the bat?2) Give each team just one unsuccessful referral each
The DRS was introduced to eliminate 'howlers', yet most referrals come from 50-50 decisions. If the players on the field need a 10-second discussion to decide whether or not to send a decision upstairs, it's not a howler. Unless they are 100 per cent certain that the wrong decision has been made, players should curse their chosen deity and then get on with the game. Giving each team just one referral will reduce the number of 50-50 decisions that are sent upstairs.
Even if these adjustments are made, the thought of scraping the DRS all together has its appeal.
Apart from the confusion and frustration it has brought to the game, the DRS has taken the theatre out of cricket.
Gone is that wonderfully dramatic moment when a wicket falls. When the bowler and his 10 supporting actors appeal at the top of their lungs, the umpire slowly raises his finger and the disconsolate batsman trudges off the ground.
Like the third wheel on a first date, the DRS has killed the moment.
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