Australia v West Indies, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 5th day December 8, 2009

Ponting chases umpire views on reviews

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Ricky Ponting was the man who asked for the reviews that preceded Mark Benson's exit from the Adelaide Test, and after the match finished he said he would ask the remaining officials for their thoughts on the system. Benson was expected to announce his retirement on Tuesday after returning to England, having officiated for only the first day of the Test.

The ICC has denied that his departure was directly caused by his decisions being queried, including one caught-behind appeal that Ponting was convinced was out and was overturned by the third umpire Asad Rauf. Ponting said he still supported the review system and was keen to speak to Rauf and Ian Gould following the controversy.

"The thing I want to do is to have a chat with the umpires and see what their views and opinions are on the whole system," Ponting said. "That's the important thing. Sometimes important people can be overlooked in some of these rule-changing decisions that are brought in. I'm going to speak to the umpires who were officiating in this game tonight and get their opinions on it all.

"That's what I want to find out from them. I want to see how they are going with it all. It's one thing for the players to accept these changes and technology, but it's another thing from the umpires. I want to get the overall feeling from them as to how they think it's going."

Despite wasting both his reviews early in West Indies' second innings and being left to rue his hastiness later on, Ponting said the system could still have a positive effect on Test cricket. However, he said it would take some time to get used to reviewing on-field decisions, just as it had been an ongoing learning process dealing with one-day changes like Powerplays.

"Ideally with a lot of those rule changes and things that we've brought into 50-over cricket over the last couple of years you'd like to have trialled them elsewhere," he said. "I think there's still some refinement that can be done with the technology that's used [in reviews].

"That's the big thing with it all. If you're going to go into something like this you've got to go in 100% and use whatever you can to make the system work its best. We're all still coming to terms with it and the more we play with it and learn about it and experience it the more we'll probably appreciate it."

One man who doesn't appreciate the system is the West Indies captain Chris Gayle. He was scathing of the review process after the Gabba Test, and remained unconvinced following the Adelaide draw. "I still stand firm," Gayle said. "It's just complicated."

Brydon Coverdale is a staff writer at Cricinfo