England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 2nd day August 3, 2012

A good day for DRS

George Dobell and Firdose Moonda at Headingley
ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the second day at Headingley

Wicket of the Day
It took only two deliveries for Kevin Pietersen to show up the folly of England not selecting a specialist spinner for this Test. Pietersen, called into the attack to bowl his part-time offspin in the 111th over of the South African innings, turned his second ball sharply past the bat of Jacques Rudolph allowing Matt Prior to complete a stumping. Any English joy over making the breakthrough would have been tempered by the thought of what Graeme Swann, currently 12th in the ICC Test bowling rankings, might have been able to get out of the surface and the knowledge that South Africa's legspinner Imran Tahir may find conditions much to his liking. This is first Test since 2003 for which England had not selected a specialist spinner. On that occasion, they lost heavily to South Africa at Headingley

Error of the Day
Another reminder of the benefits of the Decision Review System was provided by Alviro Petersen's dismissal. Umpire Rod Tucker may well have been the only person on the ground who did not see the thick edge that Petersen got to a delivery from Stuart Broad, but England were able to call for a review and the original decision was overturned. It was - after two lbw decisions from Steve Davis - the third decision of Petersen's innings to be overturned

Review of the Day
Petersen has been the subject of lbw reviews fairly often recently. In New Zealand, Ross Taylor asked for appeals against him to go upstairs twice (both of which were overturned) and Petersen himself reviewed being given out to Mark Gillespie once but his appeal was struck down. In this match though, Petersen did not allow being hit on the pads to get the better of him. Late on day one, Petersen reviewed when he was given out off Steven Finn and the DRS found the decision was incorrect because it was too high. Early on day two, Petersen reviewed again when given out off James Anderson. The technology showed it was missing leg stump and he survived again.

Shot of the Day
With South Africa's bowlers knowing they would have to pitch it up if they hoped to make early inroads, there was also the chance they would go for a few. Andrew Strauss made some of those few look better than anything this match has seen so far. While Petersen ground out 182 and JP Duminy went to 48 almost unnoticed, Strauss announced himself with two perfect straight drives, at either end of the ground. The first was off Vernon Philander as the England captain leaned into the shot and timed it down past mid-off. The second was even better, drilled past Dale Steyn with pinpoint placement to take Strauss above Len Hutton on the list of England's top run scorers in Test cricket.

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  • hari on August 4, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    @jmcilhinney : what's funny about that ?

    DRS as I understand it is supposed to eliminate howlers Yet it has had its own share of howlers. How does it make it any better than having normal umpires ?

  • hari on August 4, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    @Ali Fzl : Let's understand that it just doesn't matter if DRS is good / bad / can be better/ can be worse etc. Also whn you say "useful" to whom is it useful ? Everyone makes decisions based on their experience of what is best for them and India's experience with DRS hasn't been great and it hasn't been "useful" to them. Accepting or not accepting DRS is their prerogative.

    The ICC was administered by a British private club, MCC till about 1993 when the growing commercial clout of India, Pakistan etc forced a change. Why did MCC not voluntarily give up to others or have democratically elected administators for ICC. Everyone looks to what is in their best interests. These very same people like shouldn't preach what they couldn't practice some time back.

  • Nicholas on August 4, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    @JG2704 (post on August 04 2012, 07:28 AM GMT): Two completely separate incidents IMO. Broad gloved his, and looked so guilty/sheepish that everybody knew he was out before the review was even called for. Petersen on the other hand: shifty as he might look, I've picked up one of those thick bats in a pair of thick gloves and seriously - I couldn't feel a thick edge! Petersen not only got a thin(ish) edge, but he also smacked his pad. So much doubt IMO, so he was right he stand his ground and check.

  • Blaen on August 4, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Posted by JG2704 on (August 04 2012, 07:28 AM GMT) Indeed, he does have that shifty look about him! Alot of Saffa's would agree with you...including me.

  • John on August 4, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (August 03 2012, 18:47 PM GMT) I kind of could see why they would boo but as another poster pointed out elsewhwere Broad did not walk when he gloved a ball recently. I think you might as well walk as a batsman if the bowling team has a review as there's no way you're getting away with it. Also I must admit (and he might be the nicest guy in the world) but Alviro looks one of the shiftiest looking blokes I've seen

  • Yashasvi on August 4, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    @Ali Fzl: I am an Indian (albeit a hardcore SA fan), but I truly agree with your comments. The BCCI's stance on this issue just mind-boggles me

  • John on August 4, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    @1MAK7 on (August 03 2012, 19:36 PM GMT), why do we care why? The fact is that the system did work. Are you trying to tell us that the fact that some people think that the system might not work is a stronger argument for not using DRS than the fact that it actually does work is for using it? That is a nonsensical argument.

  • John on August 4, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    @rhari1947 on (August 03 2012, 21:41 PM GMT), "who decided what DRS is supposed to do". There's one of those funny arguments.

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    i simply dont understand , Why my indian brothers dont understand like all other world including pakistan srilanka and others that DRS is a very very useful Technology , it might require improvement surely but it doesnt means that it shuold be wiped off just becuase it needs improvement . Would someone wipe out any civil or criminal Law just becuase at times even innocent can be disadvantaged through it , like we see in hindi movies ? Obviously No one would change the Law of the Land . It is not the fault of the Law , it is the fault of the poeple who misuse it , and that can always be improved if proper Neeyat / Intention exists and efforts made .

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    @1MAK7: Here is another hypothesis for you. Petersen smashed his pad with his bat and may have not been sure he had hit the ball. He may have been happy to walk but when the umpire didn't give him out maybe he thought he hadn't hit it. This is no less plausible than your conspiracy theory. Some batsmen may not walk as a means of wasting time, too. When you're batting to last the day without hope of winning, every minute counts. That doesn't mean they don't fully trust the system to spot an edge. It just means they fully trust the system to buy their team a few minutes.

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