Additional cameras for review system
The contentious Umpire Decision Review System is set to be boosted in Australia with an additional two Hot Spot cameras to be used for the three-Test series involving Pakistan. Only two such cameras are in operation for the current Frank Worrell Trophy, limiting the impact of the technology, but Cricinfo understands that a further two will be shipped over from New Zealand later this month.
The two additional cameras, to be positioned square of the wicket, will provide the third umpire with a different perspective on edges behind the wicket and into the pads. They would have proved useful on Friday when the behind-the-bowler Hot Spot cameras failed to detect Shivnarine Chanderpaul's edge to Brad Haddin off the bowling of Shane Watson, which was originally ruled not out by on-field umpire Mark Benson but overturned by the third umpire Asad Rauf.
Standard replays showed the ball clearly deflecting off Chanderpaul's outside edge, however Hot Spot images were inconclusive on account of the bat's angle. A similar situation arose during the first Test at the Gabba, and both players and umpires will presumably be pleased to learn of the arrival of heat-seeking cameras square of the wicket.
Chris Gayle has been an outspoken critic of the UDRS, and Dwayne Bravo was hardly enthusiastic when asked his views on the system. "It's a tricky thing," Bravo said. "Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it works against you. We have to understand that it's part of the game now and we have to work with it and accept it. The umpires are still in charge of their decision, we have to respect that. It's something I'm not to keen speaking about because it's out of my way to comment on it."
Chanderpaul survived an earlier video challenge that left Doug Bollinger, the bowler, and his captain, Ricky Ponting, visibly upset. The West Indian batsman was ruled not out by Benson to a caught behind appeal that was later upheld by Rauf after replays showed no evidence of ball touching bat. "I thought it was out, so I went up," Bollinger said. "Basically that's all I can say. With the referral system that's the hand you get dealt. You've just got to turn around and keep bashing away, there's not much I can do.
"You've got to take the good with the bad. I'm not going to carry on about it. I'm just going to get on with the job. We didn't let it bother us too much, we just got on with it. It has its good and bad. I haven't had much to do with it, so I'm still getting used to it myself. We'll see how a couple more edges or whatever go."
Alex Brown is deputy editor of Cricinfo