Australia v India, 1st Test, Melbourne, 1st day December 26, 2011

The lethal drizzle and Cowan's distinction

ESPNcricinfo presents Plays of the Day from the first day of the first Test between Australia and India in Melbourne
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The break
David Warner had just shaken off a nervous start, hitting Umesh Yadav for a four and an emphatically pulled six in the 12th over when a fine drizzle arrived for the second time in the morning. This time it was deemed heavy enough to walk off. Scarcely had the teams made the change-rooms than the covers came off, and out walked Warner and Ed Cowan. Yadav bowled another bouncer immediately after the break. This one was sharper, beat Warner for pace on the pull, lobbed off Warner's glove, and settled in MS Dhoni's hands.

The start
Ricky Ponting walked out to a rousing reception from the 60,000-plus that had made their way in by the time Australia lost their first two wickets. At the start of the innings he felt his way through on the most familiar of turfs. He slipped, he stumbled, but the most unexpected of the sights came when he faced his second ball. He began with a trademark stride forward and a leave. The second was a bouncer, and he was not going to shy away. He went for the hook, took his eyes off, and was hit on the head - the picture tells the story. However, he was alert enough to kick the ricochet away from the stumps.

The landmark
When debutant Cowan, watchful, leaving everything outside off alone, reached six, he had registered the highest score for an Australian opener in his first innings in 18 years. That was only the start, though. He went on and on and on, patiently picking balls to play like he would words to write, and ended on 68, the best maiden effort for an Australian opener since Wayne Philips scored 159 back in November 1983.

The debate
It was only a matter of time before this series would see raging debates over DRS. It arrived soon enough, in the final session of the first day. Zaheer Khan had just got Michael Clarke out when he bowled a peach that Michael Hussey fended at. A huge appeal for a catch behind the wicket followed, which was upheld by umpire Marais Erasmus. Hussey looked miffed, and didn't make an attempt to hide his disappointment at the decision. Which was just as well, because the replays showed the ball had flicked only his shirtsleeve. Minutes later, Cowan fell to a dodgy decision too, when the Hot Spot and Snicko didn't show an edge. Cue in heated debate. As fans we would love a wise solution to this debate, but as newspapers, TV channels and websites, we are loving it.

The modern-captainitis
Zaheer had just taken two in two, the new man Brad Haddin had just walked in, but when he faced R Ashwin in the next over, this was the field: long-on, deep midwicket, fine leg and just one slip. Need more be said?

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    @Shanmuganathan Patchakany.. Why drag Sachin into this..?? He has already got a quite number of wrong decisions against him.. esp in Aus.. rem '99 Tour..?? Well.. To answer ur question.. Yes.. I wud still say that DRS is flawed even after such Instance.. And, y he shud be on 99 for such a decision..?? To maximize my response.?? hmm.. I say u.. I am a big fan of Sachin.. I don't mind him getting OUT to 0 r 99 r 100+.. Wtever he scores, he is best among the lot available.. That extra 100 has nothing left to prove abt himself..

  • POSTED BY segga-express on | December 27, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    The comments about the Siddle decision are illogical as if DRS was in use then he wouldn't have needed to bat as Hussey wouldn't have been out and (debatable) Cowan. I accept the technology isn't 100% accurate, but it is a supplement to the umpires, not a replacement and anything which improves accuracy must be embraced.

  • POSTED BY CricketLifer on | December 26, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    Yes, India should agree to use DRS, provided it is consistent and reliable and the concerns BCCI has in this regard are addressed. Aussies did have a bad decision - a howler - that amounted to Hussy's dismissal but so was Haddin's not out, a clear LBW. The series is on day one and this debate is already hot and heavy and it takes away from the pure cricketing fun.

  • POSTED BY nimper on | December 26, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    Let us have one way or the other. Technology or no technology! If no technology then we should not have it for runouts, stumping, no balls etc. Giving a batsman out using technology when his bat is 5 mm short of the crease or 5mm above ground is also very very unfair. Nimper

  • POSTED BY Eskimo on | December 26, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    I just have a strange feeling that the non-DRS will backfire and eventually cost India the series. If this happens, they won't be able to blame the umpiring like in the 2007-08 series, they will just have to blame themselves. It's just ironic, the umpiring was dreadful in that series (towards India mainly), but now that the technology is there, they refuse to use it. As for Sehwag, I hope he proves me wrong and bashes a century tomorrow, but he hasn't had any major success in England or SA, I just can't see this being any different. Nevertheless, I'm hoping for a cracker of a contest tomorrow around 1:20am South African time ;)

  • POSTED BY sibhas on | December 26, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Ed Cowans decision was not a howler. Hussey's was. DRS should be used to eliminat howlers and not 50-50 decisions. We cannot blame DRS for Dravid not appealing(shoelace). Had Dravid appealed, the decision would have been reversed. DRS is good for the game and i wish ICC makes it mandatory. Do not blame the BCCI, if ICC does not have the balls.

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | December 26, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    I just shudder to think if Sachin gets a marginal decision against him in his 90s. Personely I am still not convinced with Hot Spot and Hawk eye. Snicko seems to be reliable one.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | December 26, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Here comes the DRS bandwagon. They just need an excuse as usual to press forward without letting us understand 1) how good the technology is and 2) what do you plan to do after the 2 reviews are exhausted. The UDRS in the present form and technology is loads of tosh. The dismissals of Huss and Ed are not howlers. They are marginal and could go either way on any given day. In fact not giving out for plumb lbw of Haddin was a howler. Once again howlers are going against India as it happened in England even with the help of cold-spot and cataract. Australia should have been all out by now. Thanks to the howler of Haddin that they are still surviving at 277/6 instead of being bowled out for under 250. @Karthik Raja, agree with you about Haddin and the thing about video games and the matured stand of BCCI. Very well said...

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    DRS is a fail because there is no standardization. Hot spot is useless as seen many times in India Vs England series, I feel slo-mo is much better since you can actually notice the change in revolution on the ball if bat touches it. However, I feel that best technology would be polygraph test on batsman. Since it is he who knows whether he has edged the ball or not. Indians don't trust DRS and the hype around it makes us even more skeptical.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Enough said and done about DRS.. I agree it should be used but if it's not people should move on and accept that reality.. Just 2-3 years back DRS wasn't used and I still enjoyed the game - besides if DRS isn't part of the game then it affects both the teams similarly, right.. so what's the fuss about "we will see when Indian batter gets a bad decision" I am sure BCCI/Indian Team is well aware of that and it will be cricket same as old days (till early part of 2009's) when at the end of the game it all EVENS OUT..

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    @Shanmuganathan Patchakany.. Why drag Sachin into this..?? He has already got a quite number of wrong decisions against him.. esp in Aus.. rem '99 Tour..?? Well.. To answer ur question.. Yes.. I wud still say that DRS is flawed even after such Instance.. And, y he shud be on 99 for such a decision..?? To maximize my response.?? hmm.. I say u.. I am a big fan of Sachin.. I don't mind him getting OUT to 0 r 99 r 100+.. Wtever he scores, he is best among the lot available.. That extra 100 has nothing left to prove abt himself..

  • POSTED BY segga-express on | December 27, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    The comments about the Siddle decision are illogical as if DRS was in use then he wouldn't have needed to bat as Hussey wouldn't have been out and (debatable) Cowan. I accept the technology isn't 100% accurate, but it is a supplement to the umpires, not a replacement and anything which improves accuracy must be embraced.

  • POSTED BY CricketLifer on | December 26, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    Yes, India should agree to use DRS, provided it is consistent and reliable and the concerns BCCI has in this regard are addressed. Aussies did have a bad decision - a howler - that amounted to Hussy's dismissal but so was Haddin's not out, a clear LBW. The series is on day one and this debate is already hot and heavy and it takes away from the pure cricketing fun.

  • POSTED BY nimper on | December 26, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    Let us have one way or the other. Technology or no technology! If no technology then we should not have it for runouts, stumping, no balls etc. Giving a batsman out using technology when his bat is 5 mm short of the crease or 5mm above ground is also very very unfair. Nimper

  • POSTED BY Eskimo on | December 26, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    I just have a strange feeling that the non-DRS will backfire and eventually cost India the series. If this happens, they won't be able to blame the umpiring like in the 2007-08 series, they will just have to blame themselves. It's just ironic, the umpiring was dreadful in that series (towards India mainly), but now that the technology is there, they refuse to use it. As for Sehwag, I hope he proves me wrong and bashes a century tomorrow, but he hasn't had any major success in England or SA, I just can't see this being any different. Nevertheless, I'm hoping for a cracker of a contest tomorrow around 1:20am South African time ;)

  • POSTED BY sibhas on | December 26, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Ed Cowans decision was not a howler. Hussey's was. DRS should be used to eliminat howlers and not 50-50 decisions. We cannot blame DRS for Dravid not appealing(shoelace). Had Dravid appealed, the decision would have been reversed. DRS is good for the game and i wish ICC makes it mandatory. Do not blame the BCCI, if ICC does not have the balls.

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | December 26, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    I just shudder to think if Sachin gets a marginal decision against him in his 90s. Personely I am still not convinced with Hot Spot and Hawk eye. Snicko seems to be reliable one.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | December 26, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Here comes the DRS bandwagon. They just need an excuse as usual to press forward without letting us understand 1) how good the technology is and 2) what do you plan to do after the 2 reviews are exhausted. The UDRS in the present form and technology is loads of tosh. The dismissals of Huss and Ed are not howlers. They are marginal and could go either way on any given day. In fact not giving out for plumb lbw of Haddin was a howler. Once again howlers are going against India as it happened in England even with the help of cold-spot and cataract. Australia should have been all out by now. Thanks to the howler of Haddin that they are still surviving at 277/6 instead of being bowled out for under 250. @Karthik Raja, agree with you about Haddin and the thing about video games and the matured stand of BCCI. Very well said...

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    DRS is a fail because there is no standardization. Hot spot is useless as seen many times in India Vs England series, I feel slo-mo is much better since you can actually notice the change in revolution on the ball if bat touches it. However, I feel that best technology would be polygraph test on batsman. Since it is he who knows whether he has edged the ball or not. Indians don't trust DRS and the hype around it makes us even more skeptical.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Enough said and done about DRS.. I agree it should be used but if it's not people should move on and accept that reality.. Just 2-3 years back DRS wasn't used and I still enjoyed the game - besides if DRS isn't part of the game then it affects both the teams similarly, right.. so what's the fuss about "we will see when Indian batter gets a bad decision" I am sure BCCI/Indian Team is well aware of that and it will be cricket same as old days (till early part of 2009's) when at the end of the game it all EVENS OUT..

  • POSTED BY BMayuresh on | December 26, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Why so much fuss on umpiring errors, these were quiet normal if compared to the infamous decisions of Aussie favourite Steve Bucknor. For more than a century and half the game has been played without technology, then why the need for technology is deemed so much necessary these days, even when the technology is not "ACCURATE".

  • POSTED BY degiant on | December 26, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    I wonder if Hussey will be fined for his reaction to being given out. With weaker teams batters are usually fined for showing up the umpire even though the umpire was wrong

  • POSTED BY Rezaul on | December 26, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    I can bet, if the same decisions were given against Sehwag, Dravid (as it was given to Cowan and Hussey) all Indians would burst into a huge chaos. Now, we read it as umpiring error, part of game, debate and somebody says, they love it. I am sure it would be different if India were in receiving end in such cases.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    @crikey, We faced 7 howlers (all of them far bigger blunders) at sydney and you feel so bad only after 1? And ed cowan was surely out there was sound deviation and nothing was near bat but ball, infact its a proof that hot spot is not foolproof.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    there are errors, howlers, mistakes and then there is the Sydney test .... the uproar then was less about mistakes and more about the "spirit of the game" which Ponting flaunted and India upheld. he expected fielders 'word' to be taken where the same fielders were proven 'cheats' when batting - for e.g. clarke & ponting who didnt walk but 'umpred' Ganguly was out. More importantly third umpire and technology also failed - with Symonds stumings - when it was visible to all else.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Dhoni still remains very defensive captain when it comes to kill...it just bums me the field they setup for Siddle ? You can never win a series in Aus with this mindset.

  • POSTED BY meursault on | December 26, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    One thing I've liked about the use of full DRS watching recent series not involving India is how it influences the appealing. I get the feeling that players don't go up even where clearly not out because they will be made to look disingenuous if they don't call for a review. Watching today and some absurd appeals (like for one that Haddin missed by about 10 cms and the Laxman catch off Siddle's too), reminded me of one of the frequent sources of tension between teams and showed another dark side of the game that DRS is capable of largely eradicating.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    why is everyone arguing? India got 2 decisions that went for them (Huss and Cowen) and 1 that went against them (Haddin), so the ledger is almost even. The conditions are no technology, so we play ala 2007 cricket. On another day we might find the umpire errors favour Australia. Thats the nature of cricket. And remember, the technology has been shown before to have its flaws. Once again, the agreement is NO DRS, so thats life, deal with it. KarThick, the reason there was no sound picked up with Cowen perhaps is that he didn't edge it. You seem pretty sure he edged it but I think i might prefer the batsman's word to yours. Where the joke is the screaming and petulant crying about umpire errors that occurred in 2007 by the Indian team, fans and especially the BCCI when Bucknor made errors that in total favoured Australia. Strangely no such whinging occurred and there was not a peep the next test match when the errors favoured India. It seems that some things never change.

  • POSTED BY JohnnyRook on | December 26, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Does anybody know the frame rates used for hawkeye. If a bowler is bowling at 130 kmph (36 m/s), the ball would pitch in about 0.4 seconds. (assuming it pitches at 3/4th distance of 22 yards). Just guessing, you need at least 50 points to track the ball anywhere close to the required accuracy. So anything less than 125 frames per second would be woefully inadequate. Do all boards have enough money to spend on such equipment or is it just fashionable to oppose BCCI. I am not at all a BCCI fan but in this case, they may have a point. However, it is wrong in disliking the concept of DRS itself, not to mention its "my way or highway" attitude.

  • POSTED BY JohnnyRook on | December 26, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Does anybody know the frame rates used for hawkeye. If a bowler is bowling at 130 kmph (36 m/s), the ball would pitch in about 0.4 seconds. (assuming it pitches at 3/4th distance of 22 yards). Just guessing, you need at least 50 points to track the ball anywhere close to the required accuracy. So anything less than 125 frames per second would be woefully inadequate. Do all boards have enough money to spend on such equipment or is it just fashionable to oppose BCCI. I am not at all a BCCI fan but in this case, they may have a point. However, it is wrong in disliking the concept of DRS itself, not to mention its "my way or highway" attitude.

  • POSTED BY JohnnyRook on | December 26, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    @Chris_P. Bucknor case was a little different because there were just too many howlers all against India. Hussey has every right to complain since he was clearly not out. Cowan on the other hand would have been given out despite of DRS in most likelihood. Also with DRS there, Siddle might have been given out. So is it possible that you make a big ruckus when decision go against you and have no issues when absolute shockers are given in your favor.

  • POSTED BY JohnnyRook on | December 26, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    @Chris_P. Bucknor case was a little different because there were just too many howlers all against India. Hussey has every right to complain since he was clearly not out. Cowan on the other hand would have been given out despite of DRS in most likelihood. Also with DRS there, Siddle might have been given out. So is it possible that you make a big ruckus when decision go against you and have no issues when absolute shockers are given in your favor.

  • POSTED BY Odorf on | December 26, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    hmm... its either 28 yrs or Wayne scored 159 back in 1993... hmm...

  • POSTED BY JohnnyRook on | December 26, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    I said it in comments during commentary and I will say it again. Why do we really need hot spot and hawkeye to eliminate howlers (for which DRS is designed). Simple TV Replays would suffice to check inside edges, deviation from body, lack of an outside edge or if ball has pitched outside the leg stump. At least 80% of obvious howlers can be eliminated by the technology which is used in every match without any extra cost. But it seems one side thinks that hotspot/hawkeye best things since sliced bread and other side is adamant with its anti-technology stance.

  • POSTED BY JohnnyRook on | December 26, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    I said it in comments during commentary and I will say it again. Why do we really need hot spot and hawkeye to eliminate howlers (for which DRS is designed). Simple TV Replays would suffice to check inside edges, deviation from body, lack of an outside edge or if ball has pitched outside the leg stump. At least 80% of obvious howlers can be eliminated by the technology which is used in every match without any extra cost. But it seems one side thinks that hotspot/hawkeye best things since sliced bread and other side is adamant with its anti-technology stance.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | December 26, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    I do agree with the "modern-captainitis" remark. Such a field is ridiculous and very disappointing, but Dhoni is certainly not the only captain in international cricket that would have set it in that situation. I'm an England fan but I'm afraid that, while I do see some good qualities in both, I don't see imagination on the field as strong points for either Strauss or Cook. I think that Clarke might be a little more adventurous than some but only by a little. It seems like batsmen taking risks in test cricket is all the rage these days but anything remotely risky in field placements is out of the question. I'd sooner see 20 quick runs and some wickets than 50 slow runs and no wickets.

  • POSTED BY orangtan on | December 26, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    The Aussies loved it when so many decisions went against India in 2007-08, now that the boot's on the other foot they are whining. So ironic that Aussies accuse Pommie of being whiners.

  • POSTED BY TheAceofSpades on | December 26, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Also, Peter Siddle was plumb LBW but the umpire turned it down. A howler. Mike Hussey was not out but was given out. Another Howler! So, even stevens guys!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    As Michael Vaughan would allege, Cowan probably used Vaseline on his bat. This is the reason snicko or hotspot couldn't pick the edge.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    UDRS has to be mandatory

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    fyi, hotspot didn't fail to detect cowan's edge, cowan's edge wasn't there. what hotspot did detect was a giant white mark on his pads that coincided with the noise. i find it interested that, though all umpires and test playing nations (with the obvious exception of india) support the use of the decision review system, the bcci are still allowed to deny it. channel 9 revealed that 30% of referred decisions are turned over.. that is a large percentage. surely that's enough evidence to support the icc putting its foot down... what's more is that there is nothing to lose. if anything, it adds theatre to the game. the rest of the cricketing world is moving forward and i reckon it's about time india do too.

  • POSTED BY TheAceofSpades on | December 26, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    UDRS is just not upto the mark. Lets make it better and then implement it. Till that time, umpires can rule the roost. And even if umpires make an error...then come on they are also humans. Indian team has also faced a lot of umpring errors some of which has cost them a match dearly (sydney Test). Why make a big hue and cry over Ed Cown and Hussey's dismissal then?? We all know what goes around comes around!!!

  • POSTED BY FatBoysCanBat on | December 26, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    @(December 26 2011, 09:02 AM GMT) [your name didn't come up on my screen]: Hotspot failed to pick up Cowan's edge because he didn't hit it ['Snicko' detects the faintest of edges without fail and it didn't register anything for this dismissal either]. The sound was Cowan's feet sliding across the pitch as he was playing his shot. If you watch the TV coverage you will see it clearly. You also said; "Understand that, today's Umpiring errors are "No Howlers.."" what do you call Hussey's dismissal then? Cricinfo states it hit his sleeve on the way through but the mark on his sleeve in hotspot was already evident before the ball was bowled. The reason the umpire thought it was out was because the ball swung late after it bounced creating the illusion that it hit Hussey's glove. And yes India did lose the chance to get the 7th wicket. However, Aus still should have only been 4 down [after Clarke got out] because they didn't 'get' Hussey or Cowan out.

  • POSTED BY FatBoysCanBat on | December 26, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    @(December 26 2011, 09:02 AM GMT) [your name didn't come up on my screen]: Hotspot failed to pick up Cowan's edge because he didn't hit it. The sound was Cowan's feet sliding across the pitch as he was playing his shot. If you watch the TV coverage you will see it clearly. You also said; "Understand that, today's Umpiring errors are "No Howlers.."" what do you call Hussey's dismissal then? Cricinfo states it hit his sleeve on the way through but the mark on his sleeve in hotspot was already evident before the ball was bowled. The reason the umpire thought it was out was because the ball swung late after it bounced creating the illusion that it hit Hussey's glove. And yes India did lose the chance to get the 7th wicket. However, Aus still should have only been 4 down [after Clarke got out] because they didn't 'get' Hussey or Cowan out.

  • POSTED BY FatBoysCanBat on | December 26, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    @Prasant_NSW: I don't think we will see fastest hundred tomorrow [V Richards 56 balls] and if Aus didn't consider T20 form/performance then perhaps Warner would not ever play a Test. Also why do you post the same comment twice?

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Ponting made a fighting half century, after being struck on the helmet. This is my opportunity to tell his critics, "I've told you so!" I knew without a doubt that he would make a significant contribution in this match. He's a class player. This is only the beginning of bigger knocks to come. Again, I say boldly that Ponting's last series may not be this current one, but probably against my team, the West Indies, or some other opposition next year.I think Sachin's hundred will come, but at Sydney. If I eat my words, tough luck for me, but this is my gut feeling.

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | December 26, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Let me clarify - Cricket will indeed always be controversial - and its part of the reason we love it ... yes in part. I personally get annoyed at the mentality of some who seem to imagine a perfect system - error free. It doesn't exist - the computer technological system is designed by fallible humans. There will be controversy with all without technology. HOWEVER - of what I have seen of the DRS the past few yrs - I would say it is definitely a better system; could it over time be improved (both the technology and how it is utilized)? Sure! Have there been some mistakes with its use - - Yes; But from what I have seen it has minimized the howlers and has been a steady improvement. We don't want the human element to leave cricket altogether - but the non use of DRS is a step backwards and blight on the game.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Its so sad that some of the aussie fans feel that they're being given out wrongfully.... some say hot spot is the remedy but v all saw how buggy it is when ind toured eng or wi toured india..... grow up guys don't cry foul when u r at the recieving end..... i remember touring sides to australia always had a problem with umpiring decisions in the past, i'm not saying hat its payback time but u too should take it in stride..... who knows tomo it may be india at the recieving end.....but all in all its a good absorbing day's play... both teams are in balance now.......

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Well done both teams! This is what test cricket should be. Something for both bowlers and batsmen. Unlike England, the 'green-tops-for-bowlers only' land. An exciting tour ensues. Watch out for Umesh Aussies, hitting the best puller of the game on the helmet because of pace is quite something. Aussies on the other hand has found a beautiful debutant in Ed Cowan. Be hostile Aussies, we Indians will come hard

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    @Karthik Raja i wonder would youi say the smae if sachin gets out in 99. BCCI acts like a big brother this is not good for cricket. Can any one answer who control cricket? BCCI or ICC?

  • POSTED BY Sumeet.Gupta on | December 26, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Even though i am an Indian, my heart still goes out for Hussey. He's a champion batsman and to see him get a rough one at this stage of his career when he's fighting for his place is disheartening for not only him but for everyone. UDRS is precisely needed to eliminate howlers like these. I sincerely hope that he scores a century in the 2nd innings (though India still wins !!). UDRS is not a problem, and not even a solution. It's the people using the DRS who are problem. Inconsistency has been the hallmark of every series. And a note for all Indian supporters here - remember that Aussies got 2 rough ones. Do not crib when we get a couple of ourselves. They all even out, don't they?

  • POSTED BY indianpunter on | December 26, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    There is going to be much debate about the lack of DRS in this series, as it progresses. Mark Nicholas let it slip that it was the "shade in the ground" which did not let the tracker work !! so much for the best technology we have to date. simple, it is flawed. Consider this; had there been DRS, India would have reviewed the decision and despite it being plumb as plumb, it would have been the umpire's call, as there is no tracker and india would have "wasted" a review. There is so much bad press about India not "playing ball" as regards DRS, but it is a flawed system. Admit it. And Ed Cowans comments are a joke. We know very well ( form multiple decisions) that hot spot is not fool proof either. Dravid's dismissal in Edgbaston, where he admitted he nicked the ball, did not show a "hot spot". I am for using technology till the point of impact ( take out the predictive path).

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    From what should have been a 250 all out scenario...Dhoni has given the swords back to Team Australia with his unusual field placings and they are going unleash blood tomorrow morning definitely raking up somewhat close to 330-340. A good 80-90 runs could have been saved with some hard and positive cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    with 277 for 6,,325 is on the cards.that means india will have to make 375 because they have to bat last..i think australia are favourites now coz pitch will still have juice and spice.go pattinson go.rip indians apart like a pack of cards.get dravid early and win the game..cheers from pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    haha.green top.overhead conditions.still poor indians could not bowl out out-of-form aussies..pathetic..i said one year back that this guy named zaheer khan is an overrated bowler.anderson and umar gul are real master of swing under these conditions.and what can anyone say about ishant..huh.simply the worst bowler who cant bowl at a consistent line.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Let us see what the Indians say when Tendulkar, Dravid, Sehwag etc. face the same fate as Hussey and Cowan.

  • POSTED BY azzaman333 on | December 26, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    @maddy20; The noise when Cowan was given out wasn't an edge, it was the movement of his back foot. A batsman who knows he edged it does not react the way Cowan did.

  • POSTED BY ihaq1 on | December 26, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    i think DRS is very reliable especially with umpires like erasmus around...hotspot and snicko have been found tobe quite correct 99% of the time while good umpires are somewhere around 80%..bad umpires are below 70%...these days the best umpire is a pakistani so u can gauge the dearth of umpiring talent...ICC should have a uniform rule on DRS for all tests unless the home team cant afford it...the only thing that probably went wrong was ricky making a difficult good score...it does seem that his eyesight is no longer as good as it was...hussey though got a bad decision but he too should be in a retirement home..the aussies should pick robinson and another comparable batsman for the next test if watson is not available...

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | December 26, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    @JB77 : Ibeg to differ.. Cowan was clearly OUT.. Hussey was not out.. If u see normal replays, u can tell this as there are enough proofs for both of this.. If u use Hawkeye, both are not out.. So, one team had to adjust with one wrong decision.. So no use in employing such a high cost hawkeye!! Even Zaheer's anger could be solved if the umpire feel the ball pitched outside leg and he can always check with the third umpire if bowling team reviews. .First, the team need to know why the decision was rejected.. If height or sliding down leg, they cant refer.. But if umpire thinks pitched outside leg or batsman hit it, they can refer.. Go referral based on umpires views.. Review umpires decision..

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | December 26, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    wish the indians get a LOT of such "superb" decisions tomorrow.

    "And bcci understood that they are part of the game..." ?? the whole cricketing fraternity saw how the bcci and its whingers cried about umpiring during sydney 08. so much for their understanding... god save cricket from bcci and its cry-babies.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | December 26, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    @maddy20. The closest person to the sound didn't agree (Cowan), & so what if cricinfo agrees or not? My point is that nothing was picked up. The noise could have been anything, but it wasn't ball on bat. The argument that Siddle was reprieved is moot, Siddle is a tailender, 2 top order batsmen were speared, guess which way anyone would prefer it? As I said, I'll go with the umpiire's call, I just want to read acknowledgement that it happens without labelling umpires as imcompetent or cheats like the garbage I read last tour.

  • POSTED BY me54321 on | December 26, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    It does seem to be the case that when a player is struggling to find form, he'll quite often be on the wrong end of a dodgy decision. Hussey could well be playing for his spot in the team at the moment, and if he were dropped that would be his international career over most likely. It's alright saying mistakes happen, but if it was your career on the line, I expect you would feel aggrieved if the final nail in the coffin was by somebody else's mistake.

  • POSTED BY kapowie on | December 26, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Wow. Once again I am totally astounded by the bias shown here. Hussy not out, Cowan not out, trust me if these decisions start to go the other way, only one team will take their troops off the field. Sour grapes anyone?? Please post cricinfo....

  • POSTED BY kapowie on | December 26, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Wow. Once again I am totally astounded by the bias shown here. Hussy not out, Cowan not out, trust me if these decisions start to go the other way, only one team will take their troops off the field. Sour grapes anyone?? Please post cricinfo....

  • POSTED BY Jay_S on | December 26, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    @Karthik Raja, these decisions are certainly not howlers, but what if it was one that changed the course of the game dramtically? losing a wicket could bring about the dismissal of another batsman and it is probably not fair on someone like Hussey who is under scrutiny to be done by a wrong decision and was determined to try and make a decent/big score. DRS has been shown to work and I believe it takes out the frustration (of poor decisions) out of the players, fans and supporters and that is a big tick in my box (see Steve Bucknor incident and now this).

    @Prasant_NSW, you are so unbelievably biased that... you should at least show some respect to your opponents. Warner, I'm sure he works hard at his batting and physical condition required and you are just putting it all down. You compare yourself to Warner in terms of batting skill and you may have no right to put him down. Cricketers should be treated as human beings and shown the respect they deserve regardless of nationality.

  • POSTED BY captian_buddy on | December 26, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Yeah i also a agree that it should be made necessary for all matches . Why dont the indians think what if sachin is given out wrongly for 99 ? how will they feel ? absolutely brainless to go against the use of tochnology specially when you can .

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | December 26, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    DRS or not, the day was fun to watch. I do believe Dhoni has a problem with not attacking the tailenders. Seen it quite a few times now. Good to see Ponting get a 50, likewise Yadav getting 3. I do get the feeling that the Indian bowling is only going to improve from here, hope there are no injuries. As regards DRS, JB77 comments are true to an extent; but the main issue in that match was the umpire consulting with Ponting and giving Ganguly out, not the bad decisions, IMHO.

  • POSTED BY bhargavac on | December 26, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    There are questions about DRS's 100% accuracy which are right in its truest sense. But, isn't DRS correcting a lot of umpiring decisions? Just think of India's earlier trip to Australia and those 7 controversial decisions that ruined the test match. In my opinion, BCCI should give DRS another try. Only when it is tried, would the issues with the technology surface and an opportunity to correct them come up.

  • POSTED BY Virat_kohli on | December 26, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    Whats the point of using technology which is not 100% accurate. Inaccurate technology is not going to resolve any problems. What would you do when hotspot will give you wrong answers. For example, if you apply Vaseline on cricket bat then Hotspot will not work pick any nick. And I am firm about Cowan's dismissal, there was definitely a nick but nothing could pick it. You ruin the purpose of using technology as there still can be wrong decisions with inaccurate technology. So make the technology accurate and then use it. Moreover rules are same for both the countries. Its a long series of four test matches and India may also suffer for not using DRS. I am not taking any credit away from India. They completely played within the spirit of the game. Sympathizing with him but I am a little disappointed with Hussy's reaction to the decision. No matter you use the technology or not, this kind of reactions are not acceptable. Just for a moment, if everybody starts behaving in similar manner?

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | December 26, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 : Hotspot is a killer technology with the amount of money it takes to produce wrong decision.. I agree Hussey would have escaped with DRS but Cowan too would have escaped if u use the same technology.. So, one team need to suffer even if technology was there.. @: Stump mike shows clear sound, there was a deflection too.. Snicko should have picked such a noise.. I suspect snicko was rigged by the service provider to prove hotspot was working fine..

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | December 26, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    It's pathetic to say Cowan didn't edged it. I thought only Hot-spot didn't show the edge not Snicko as well as there was a noise. I agree that Mike Hussey is unfortunate and Haddin is fortunate to stay on. But this things acceptable and move on unless a Sydney 2007 repeats.

  • POSTED BY Prasant_NSW on | December 26, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    @JB, BCCI did agreed to DRS for England series. What happened to Dravid at Oval? Why umpires ddnt go by hotspot? Why did they consider normal replays to make decision? What's the guarantee that if DRS was used and Cowan's fate would hv been decided by deflection rather than hotspot? So, Wats the point to to use technology which is not fair, incomplete though expensive?

  • POSTED BY Prasant_NSW on | December 26, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    @JB, BCCI did agreed to DRS for England series. What happened to Dravid at Oval? Why umpires ddnt go by hotspot? Why did they consider normal replays to make decision? What's the guarantee that if DRS was used and Cowan's fate would hv been decided by deflection rather than hotspot? So, Wats the point to to use technology which is not fair, incomplete though expensive?

  • POSTED BY carjule on | December 26, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    DRS works 95% of the time, its absolutely crazy it was not used today! Technology is not biased, its purely analytical how possibly can it not be a step in the right direction?

  • POSTED BY Sano27 on | December 26, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    whether its good or bad,,,UDRS will make cricket one step ahead...@Prasant_nsw:ha ha....well said dude...:D

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    @Chris_P and @JB77.. Since U have brought points on Sydney saga and term "Howlers", Well.. let me explain u wt happened @ Sydney last time.. 1.Symo was Out stumping.. Third Umpire refered.. Video evident is clear that his foot is on other side of line when the bails r broken.. Still "NOT OUT" by third Umpire.. 2. Again he was Out stumping.. Dhoni appeals.. Bucknor from square leg didnt even care to go upstairs.. 3. edges one to slip cordon.. Clarke takes the catch on one bounce. Clarke claims he has taken cleanly. Ponting says that he saw that the catch was clean. He even raises his finger by himself. Benson go by fielders' word.. Apart from these, Symo and Ponting were given life once in First Innings and Hussey twice in second. And Ponting was rules OUT when was not in first Innings.. We understand the mistakes in d second part of my statement are part of this game.. Bt, first 3 listed here are clearly gHowlers.. We really don't need DRS to remove those howlers. thnx 4 understanding.

  • POSTED BY yuio3456 on | December 26, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    looking at some of these comments makes my laugh. who said the aussies were using lack of technology as an excuse? hussey and cowan were unlucky and that's the end of it. on a bowler's day i thought australia batted well. india's bowling attack did not look good at times with the amount of bad balls coming through but followed up with some very good bowling as the day progressed.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    @vgsr.. Well, there is a limit to anything(usage of technology in game).. If u r obsessed wid technology, y don't u just stick to video games.. In case u don't knw, Hotspot failed to detect Cowan's edge.. Yep, without DRS, Ind lost a chance of picking a certain 7th wicket(Haddin).. Bt, BCCI understand such mistakes are part and parcel of game.. Understand that, today's Umpiring errors are "No Howlers.."

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | December 26, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    @Chris_P Exactly, hotspot and snicko did not pick it but there was a clear noise(cricinfo agrees). Hussey's out was a howler, so was Siddle's plumb LBW of Zaheer!

  • POSTED BY CheerforUnderdogs on | December 26, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    @Prasant_NSW Good One.. I agree with your points...

  • POSTED BY tdobbo on | December 26, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    I agree with you 100% Martis, and even with the DRS last year Ponting disputed a decision when KP was not out - so the Aussies are just using it as an excuse as usual.

  • POSTED BY JB77 on | December 26, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    1. From the Cricinfo commentary from this match: 'Right, so Hussey's was an umpiring error. Cowan's was marginal, but not the sort of howler the DRS is designed to eradicate.' What constitues a 'howler' is a matter of perspective, surely? In my opinion Hussey's was indeed a howler and Cowan's wasn't much better. Howler or not, shouldn't all errors be treated equally if a batsman is wrongly dismissed? 2. I think it's strange that poor umpiring by Steve Bucknor had India fuming in the 2007-2008 series and yet now that the technology exists to largely eradicate such problems, India refuse to use it. It's even stranger to see Zaheer angry after not getting Haddin out LBW. You can't prevent the use of the UDRS in a match and then still be angry when the umpire gets it wrong. 3. @ Prasant_NSW: 'Watever BCCI says I support it'. So do the rest of us....but it's not always by choice.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | December 26, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    @crystosis . Clearly Cowan didn't thik he edged it, hot spot didn't show nor did snicko, so how did he edge it? Human error will always occur, I just find it amusing when decisions go against India, it is umpire incompetence (see Bucknor attacks) but when it goes against other countries there is a huge nothing said. Let's just hope alldecisions are cancelled out.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    India wasted a golden chance to press home their advantage when they had Australia at 214 for 6 with Haddin and Siddle at the crease. They totally lost the plot after that to allow the pair to add another 63 runs at stump! Just lost their discipline!

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Surely a slightly flawed technological system is better than a very flawed non-technoilogical system? I do not understand why people are against it. Do people think it somehow benefits thier team if they have dodgy decisions? Obviously it did today... is this why the BCCI is against it. What would be interesting is to see which team has benefited most out of dodgy decisions when not using technology.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Imagine ponting play with drs, snicko, computer program for empiring, steel body armour,then things will be easier just look up the screen if computer say ur out or no ball. Do we need bowler then? or get him bowling machine? then why dont stay home n play cricket game on computer? Cricket may have been worth watching around bradman era, without helmet. some sports require risks such as boxing....

  • POSTED BY crikey on | December 26, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    To Sidharth , to your comment on "the debate", of course you are loving it. Would you be loving it if it were indian batsmen who were given out when not out? When it is so obvious why not use technology?

  • POSTED BY Ajronald on | December 26, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Is there a scientific benchmark test done to check if human eye cannot spot where a ball pitches and turns when bowled/thrown at 140 kmph from 22 yards? Is there a kind of rating like IQ where people can do it? If so, is it a part if umpire selection test? Answer these, let me think if we need DRS.

  • POSTED BY vgsr on | December 26, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    If we accept technology for runouts, stumpings, no balls etc, why should we shy away from technology when its DRS. While BCCi may have a point about 100% accuracy , DRS will atleast be a step in the right direction.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | December 26, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    first of all i feel very sorry for hussey , he was in such pressure to score runs to maintain his position in team . bcci should have agree with ca for using hotspot like eng tour . secondly cowan was out , see the replays clearly you will see deflection , hot spot did n't pick faint edges , just like the dravid case at oval test .

  • POSTED BY tdobbo on | December 26, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    A thoroughly boring days cricket - I think Tavare is more exciting to watch than Cowan, Warner the other extreme played like it was a T20, Ponting is finished and embarrassing and should retire, Clarke played a terrible shot, good decision by Erasmus, thats the closest Mrs cricket has got to the ball in months, I wish the Aussies would stop using the DRS as an excuse. They never stop whinging. Mighty England must be looking forward to Ashes 2013. The Aussies are a rabble.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    Well if u dont like DRS then people should stop crying about the wrong decisions ......then all will be well

  • POSTED BY Prasant_NSW on | December 26, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Well done India. India's performance is outstanding.. They ensured giving constant trouble to Clarke's men in all sessions.. Poor aussies. Yadav, Man of the Day stood tall, he was like dinosaur to them. :D.. Shaun, what a poor shot.. Selectors now should not take T20 performance into consideration. CA was stupid so as Marsh, he is still in T20 game mode ddnt manage to ground the ball. Warner is no compare to Sehwag, world is gonna view the fastest test 100 coming in tomorrow from his blade. Looks like Ponting's mind is started working after Yadav blown his helmet. May be one more blow will reverse his score into 0's ultimately to retirement. - Prasant UNSW.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | December 26, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    @Prasant_NSW-"Watever (sic) BCCI says I support it." you say. If the BCCI issued a memorandum declaring that the moon was made of cheese am I to conclude that would also garner your wholehearted support? Try thinking for yourself mate instead of being a puppet of a bunch of self serving autocrats. That is, after all, what your brain is for, is it not?

  • POSTED BY crystosis on | December 26, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    I think the Cowan dismissal was a case against DRS . There was an edge that did not show up on the Hot Spot.(I think)

  • POSTED BY Prasant_NSW on | December 26, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Well done India. India's performance is outstanding.. They ensured giving constant trouble to Clarke's men in all sessions.. Poor aussies. Yadav, Man of the Day stood tall, he was like dinosaur to them. :D.. Shaun, what a poor shot.. Selectors now should not take T20 performance into consideration. CA was stupid so as Marsh, he is still in T20 game mode ddnt manage to ground the ball. Warner is no compare to Sehwag, world is gonna view the fastest test 100 coming in tomorrow from his blade. Looks like Ponting's mind is started working after Yadav blown his helmet. May be one more blow will reverse his score into 0's ultimately to retirement. - Prasant UNSW.

  • POSTED BY Prasant_NSW on | December 26, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    I am not saying DRS is bad. But all pros and cons must be addressed before making any policy. Watever BCCI says I support it. - Prasant UNSW.

  • POSTED BY Prasant_NSW on | December 26, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    I am not saying DRS is bad. But all pros and cons must be addressed before making any policy. Watever BCCI says I support it. - Prasant UNSW.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    let's just do away with the technology then! simple!

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  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    let's just do away with the technology then! simple!

  • POSTED BY Prasant_NSW on | December 26, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    I am not saying DRS is bad. But all pros and cons must be addressed before making any policy. Watever BCCI says I support it. - Prasant UNSW.

  • POSTED BY Prasant_NSW on | December 26, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    I am not saying DRS is bad. But all pros and cons must be addressed before making any policy. Watever BCCI says I support it. - Prasant UNSW.

  • POSTED BY Prasant_NSW on | December 26, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Well done India. India's performance is outstanding.. They ensured giving constant trouble to Clarke's men in all sessions.. Poor aussies. Yadav, Man of the Day stood tall, he was like dinosaur to them. :D.. Shaun, what a poor shot.. Selectors now should not take T20 performance into consideration. CA was stupid so as Marsh, he is still in T20 game mode ddnt manage to ground the ball. Warner is no compare to Sehwag, world is gonna view the fastest test 100 coming in tomorrow from his blade. Looks like Ponting's mind is started working after Yadav blown his helmet. May be one more blow will reverse his score into 0's ultimately to retirement. - Prasant UNSW.

  • POSTED BY crystosis on | December 26, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    I think the Cowan dismissal was a case against DRS . There was an edge that did not show up on the Hot Spot.(I think)

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | December 26, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    @Prasant_NSW-"Watever (sic) BCCI says I support it." you say. If the BCCI issued a memorandum declaring that the moon was made of cheese am I to conclude that would also garner your wholehearted support? Try thinking for yourself mate instead of being a puppet of a bunch of self serving autocrats. That is, after all, what your brain is for, is it not?

  • POSTED BY Prasant_NSW on | December 26, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Well done India. India's performance is outstanding.. They ensured giving constant trouble to Clarke's men in all sessions.. Poor aussies. Yadav, Man of the Day stood tall, he was like dinosaur to them. :D.. Shaun, what a poor shot.. Selectors now should not take T20 performance into consideration. CA was stupid so as Marsh, he is still in T20 game mode ddnt manage to ground the ball. Warner is no compare to Sehwag, world is gonna view the fastest test 100 coming in tomorrow from his blade. Looks like Ponting's mind is started working after Yadav blown his helmet. May be one more blow will reverse his score into 0's ultimately to retirement. - Prasant UNSW.

  • POSTED BY on | December 26, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    Well if u dont like DRS then people should stop crying about the wrong decisions ......then all will be well

  • POSTED BY tdobbo on | December 26, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    A thoroughly boring days cricket - I think Tavare is more exciting to watch than Cowan, Warner the other extreme played like it was a T20, Ponting is finished and embarrassing and should retire, Clarke played a terrible shot, good decision by Erasmus, thats the closest Mrs cricket has got to the ball in months, I wish the Aussies would stop using the DRS as an excuse. They never stop whinging. Mighty England must be looking forward to Ashes 2013. The Aussies are a rabble.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | December 26, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    first of all i feel very sorry for hussey , he was in such pressure to score runs to maintain his position in team . bcci should have agree with ca for using hotspot like eng tour . secondly cowan was out , see the replays clearly you will see deflection , hot spot did n't pick faint edges , just like the dravid case at oval test .