India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 1st day March 2, 2013

When DRS is not DRS

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the opening day in Hyderabad

Non-DRS review of the day
In a series without player reviews, it was a strange sight to see the third umpire checking for an edge on a close-in catch. But that was the scenario after Marais Erasmus asked for the TV official to check whether the ball had carried to silly point when Moises Henriques pushed at a Harbhajan Singh delivery. Under the ICC's Test match playing conditions, while an on-field umpire is meant to only ask for a review to check if a catch is clean, if in the process of doing so the third official sees that the ball was clearly not hit by the batsman, he can inform the on-field umpire. That was the case in this instance and Henriques was reprieved.

Miscount of the day
Erasmus was involved in another unusual occurrence earlier in the day when he appeared to call over following the fifth ball of the 19th over. Erasmus gave the bowler Ishant Sharma his cap and the players began to walk to their positions for the next over. But whether prompted by third-umpire intervention or simply his own realisation, Erasmus called Ishant back and corrected his error. The sixth ball was defended by Phillip Hughes without any drama.

Placement of the day
Michael Clarke's work against the spinners during this series has been exemplary but he has also shown his class against the seamers when given a chance. One particular shot during the 31st over of the innings was especially impressive. MS Dhoni had put in two catching men at short midwicket, standing just a few metres apart. But that didn't stop Clarke whipping the ball off his pads when Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled too straight, and the ball bounced safely between the two men, either a feat of precision placement or luck. And given the form Clarke is in at the moment, it would be unfair to presume it was luck.

Presentation of the day
Another match, another baggy green presentation. In Chennai it was Henriques who made his Test debut and in Hyderabad it was Glenn Maxwell, brought in as one of two changes to the Australia side. Maxwell was given his cap by Matthew Hayden, who was commentating on the match. If the presenter was appropriate - one aggressive batsman to another - it was certainly incongruous to see Hayden do so in a jacket bearing the BCCI logo, as required for his commentary duties.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Harmon on March 3, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    @Bob Young: Ref - "... it does not blink at inopportune moments..."

    In the recent SA-Pak test series and perhaps in the recent Eng-NZ ODI series, the Hot-spot had a no of off days for no specific reason. Are they not inopportune moments in your eyes?

    You really have little idea about DRS, its components, how each component works, what goes into their making etc. Your sweeping statement that "DRS does not make mistakes" shows your ignorance. DRS is by no means perfect. This is why they say it is umpire's call when the ball is shown to be clipping the stumps. Do you remember Phil Hughes' lbw in Aus-SL test in 2011? DRS was CLEARLY shown to be at fault there. Umpire Taufel and the maker both said that. So that takes care of your sweeping statements.

    1stly, DRS has its own inherent limitations and can go wrong. 2ndly, human error in operation is a possibility too.

    BOTH are possible.

    When it is blatantly wrong, we all can see it but what if the mistakes are tiny?

  • Daniel on March 3, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    The reason the Indians don't want DRS is simple. They appeal after every delivery, eg. such as for LBW when it strikes the batsmen in line with 8th stump. With this excessive appealing, eventually the umpire will make a howler (out of exasperation) and the Indians don't want the batsmen to be able to appeal. Perhaps instead of DRS there could be a limit on frivolous appeals. Dhoni would burn through those in the first half of play.

  • James on March 3, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    As for DRS, the Indians are never going to agree to it while they are on...ahem... such a good wicket. It's obvious that umpires are subconsciously influenced by the very partisan crowds and culture in India (which they are immersed in, even away from the game), and DRS would counter that advantage. Let the rest of the world get on with it, and leave the Indians in theirlittle bubble, in dark ages. And every time the Indian team leaves India to play offshore, the real world will come crashing down again.

  • James on March 3, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    @Kapstif, you believe Australia's struggles have been caused by blooding new players? So, how would you explain all the successes, given that the team has been very successful under Clarke? In fact there has been far more success than "struggle" - 11 wins, 4 losses, and only one very narrow series loss so far. Would be interested to hear your thoughts.

  • far on March 3, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    why India don't like the drs is because they have no control over it at all

  • Phil on March 2, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    I shudder to think of where we would be without Clarke. He's saved us far too often over the last 12 or so months. In a way it would have been better if he hadn't been so good during the last year as our fragile top order would have been deservedly axed long ago. And Guptill agree that its time to bring Khawaja in to the lineup. Also As the key batsman in the side, & the only class player, Clarke must bat at 4. His reluctance to do so is the only criticism I have of his captaincy to date.

  • Vikram on March 2, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    One aggressive batsman to another? I believe by that definition, Harbhajan Singh is no different from Virender Sehwag, in that both are aggressive batsmen?

  • david on March 2, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    to say the drs is not foolproof is correct, but then to say in the same breath you can accept an umpire mistake but not a so called drs mistake, if indeed it was.

  • Richard on March 2, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Interesting reading about Hayden giving Maxwell his new baggy green today. Makes you wonder what a baggy green is really worth these days?

    Since the start of the 2009 Ashes Australia have handed out 23 new baggy greens! (England have handed out 11 new caps and South Africa 12 in the same period).

    When Ricky Ponting was handed his baggy green in 1995 it took approximately 8 years for the same number of baggies to be handed out.

    Without a doubt a clear sign of the struggles the Austealian side have had over the last few years.

  • Devesh on March 2, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    India does not oppose DRS because it is not right 100% of times. The reason BCCI does not like DRS is because the camera feed and other technologies made available to the 3rd umpire are controlled by the production company who has the TV rights to the game.

    This means TV producer can hide a camera feed that would show the a batsman to be out if they wanted to do it on purpose. BCCI does not want to move the decision making from the hands of umpire to people who have commercial interest in the outcome of the game or how long it goes on.

    The reason BCCI does not say this out loud is they do not want to antagonize the producers who are responsible for most of their revenue.

    I am sure no cricket fan would have more faith in the cameraman than the on field umpires.

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