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Michael Vaughan calls for startling change amid fresh furore in India Test series

The former England captain feels a change needs to be made to the controversial process.

Joe Root walks off and Ravi Ashwin celebrates.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has called for 'transparency' in the DRS system after another day of controversy as Joe Root was controversially out after a video review. (Getty Images)

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has questioned the DRS system process after another day of controversy as India look to win the series on day four of the fourth Test match. England captain Ben Stokes led the criticism of the DRS process after the third Test when fans were up in arms over Zac Crawley's dismissal due to an 'umpire's call'.

During India's first innings of the fourth Test, England benefitted from four umpire's calls for LBW decisions as the host nation scrambled to 307. However, India bounced back as Ravi Ashwin ripped through the England line-up on a turning third day wicket. India only need 152 runs with 10 wickets in hand.

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But another DRS call against Joe Root left former England captain Vaughan calling for more transparency in the process to avoid the arguments. Root was given out on an umpire's call after the video review deemed the ball was pitching in line, despite the images showing a very close call. And Vaughan believes if everyone is given an insight into the process with a camera in the truck filming the third umpire, there will be less confusion among players and fans.

"I'm not saying anyone is cheating," Vaughan said of the controversy. "I'm trying to give an answer for when a decision is made and we all disagree with it. If the person on Hawk-Eye is filmed it puts the noise to bed." Vaughan added to his argument on the Test Match Special podcast and said supporters are becoming frustrated with the process.

"I can understand supporters on both sides being frustrated with the decisions that have been made. It doesn't look like Hawk-Eye is having a great series," he added. "The most important operators of decisions now are in the trucks.

"We need to have a camera in the truck to give an understanding of how it all comes to that decision. All I want is full transparency. If it takes the International Cricket Council employing someone to put in the trucks for integrity, they have to do that as well."

Michael Vaughan speaks.
Michael Vaughan (pictured right) has called for more transparency in the DRS system. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

Ben Stokes rips into DRS system in India

Vaughan's call for more transparency was not as harsh as Stokes' review of the system after the third Test. Stokes was left fuming amid England's capitulation when Crawley was given out LBW on a tight DRS call in the third Test. The umpire gave Crawley out from a darting Jasprit Bumrah delivery that crashed into the batter's pads.

The opener sent it upstairs, feeling the review would show the ball bouncing over leg-stump. However, Crawley was left fuming when the umpire's call stood because the decision claimed a portion of the ball was clipping the bails. However, it was hard to confirm on the image to whether the ball was hitting the bails. And after the loss, Stokes took aim at the process.

"The ball is quite clearly missing the stump on the replay. So when it gets given umpire’s call and the ball’s not actually hitting the stumps, we were a bit bemused. We just wanted some clarity from Hawk-Eye," he said. "It came back saying the numbers were saying that it was hitting the stumps but it was the projection that was wrong. I don’t know what that means. Something’s gone wrong."

England will feel like they have let the Test match slip away from them after taking a 46 run lead into the second innings, only to be bowled out for 145 runs. India resume day four on 0-40 needing another 152 runs to win the series.

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