India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 3rd day

Warner c Merv Hughes b Ashwin

Plays of the Day from the third day of the second Test between India and Australia in Hyderabad.

Brydon Coverdale

March 4, 2013

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James Pattinson had Sachin Tendulkar caught behind for 7, India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 3rd day, March 4, 2013
Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed by James Pattinson after confirmation from a non-DRS review © BCCI

Mystery review of the day
Every day of this non-DRS Test has provided an umpire review of a catch. But none was as baffling as the one that ended Sachin Tendulkar's innings on seven. James Pattinson bowled down the leg side and appealed confidently for a caught-behind. The standing umpire Marais Erasmus appeared at first to rule it not out. After further enquiry from Pattinson, Erasmus seemed to have a change of heart. He consulted the square-leg umpire and sent the decision upstairs. Under ICC playing conditions, Erasmus could only do this to check that the catch carried, meaning he was convinced Tendulkar had edged the ball, despite him initially appearing to make a not-out judgment. The third umpire checked the replay and confirmed that the ball had carried to Matthew Wade, but also spent a long while looking at ball passing bat. It appeared Tendulkar had edged the ball - later backed up by Snicko, which the umpires cannot use - and he was given out. The right decision was made, but it felt like the umpires had exploited a loophole in the system to reach it.

On-field catch of the day
Ed Cowan hasn't taken everything that has come his way in this series but he snaffled a ripping catch at backward short-leg to get rid of Virat Kohli. Glenn Maxwell got one to dip and turn and Kohli came at him, trying to clip the ball towards leg. It looked set to fly past Cowan until he thrust his left hand out and snared a terrific catch that brought Maxwell his fourth wicket and Australia their ninth.

Off-field catch of the day
When David Warner came down the wicket to R Ashwin and lofted him over long-on, it was always going to be a crowd catch for somebody. But who should be in position to take it? None other than Merv Hughes, the former fast bowler and a national selector until 2010, who is in India leading an Australian tour group. Hughes took the catch easily and lobbed it back onto the field. The TV cameras soon returned to Hughes and his Test tally of 23 catches flashed up on the screen. It didn't tick over to 24.

Three of the day
In an innings of 503 it seems remarkable that that there would be only one occasion when the batsmen ran through for three off the bat. But while the Indians scored 106 singles, 38 twos, 69 fours and four sixes, the only three came when MS Dhoni flicked the ball wide of square leg off the bowling of Peter Siddle.

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Posted by karthik_raja on (March 5, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

@popcorn on (March 5, 2013, 5:50 GMT) May b u shud check PLAYS feature for previous days.

Posted by pun_eat on (March 5, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

Decisions going India's way. I guess people need to wake up and watch matches carefully. Its pretty balanced. And DRS can also go wrong as was the case in kallis's dismissal some days ago. If there is a margin for error let it be umpires.Also they should have clarity of rules and for what are they going upstairs. Third umpire's role should be limited to clear doubt of on-field umpire whatever it is and not correcting the decision. This way they should go upstairs for an lbw decision as well.

Posted by popcorn on (March 5, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

Why so much talk about the Review? Because it affected India's favourite Tendulkar? Surprising they did not mention anything about the Review made by the Umpire for Henriques.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

There's really no great mystery about why the BCCI are so implacably opposed to DRS. It has nothing whatsoever to do with their putative distrust of the technology involved & everything to do with the fact that they're fully aware that every umpire on the ICC's elite panel knows that if they happen to fall out of favour with the BCCI - as both Steve Bucknor & Daryl Harper did - they can kiss goodbye to their umpiring careers as well as their lucrative IPL contracts.

Allied to the pressure exerted by zealous appealing & the baying home crowds, the result is that almost every marginal decision in a home Test, ODI or T20I goes India's way. This has now reached such farcical proportions that it's a safe bet that India start each home Test with a four or five-wicket advantage over their opponents. Had DRS been in place during their most recent home series against the West Indies & New Zealand, India would have lost the former 2-1 & drawn the latter 1-1.

Posted by karthik_raja on (March 5, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

@ Abhishek.2626 on (March 4, 2013, 13:51 GMT). Firstly, Guys shud understand that DRS and Technologies(Hotspot/Hawkeye/Snicko) are different. DRS can still exist even without these technologies. BCCI stand is very clear. They are not willing to invest in some technology(read Hotspot/Hawkeye not DRS) unless it is 100%. Why would some1 buy some million dollar technology when simple slow-mos can be more effective than that - like SRT incident??. Again, I am not a advocate of BCCI and neither I do support thm in all cases. Bt, regarding this DRS fiasco, I am with BCCI stand. I am under assumption that BCCI is not against DRS bt only against half baked technologies. The reason behind that assumption is BCCI's readiness to use DRS(w/o Hawkeye) in ENG tour. I am pretty much sure that if Hotspot had proved good in that tour, BCCI wud hv continued to use it. Bt we all know wt happened. So, stop bashing BCCI in this issue and try to come up with real solution.

Posted by karthik_raja on (March 5, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

@ jmcilhinney on (March 5, 2013, 2:41 GMT). Good question. In that case, third umpire shud volunteer himself to the scene.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 5, 2013, 2:41 GMT)

@xylo on (March 4, 2013, 21:15 GMT), and what about when the umpires aren't in doubt but they still get it wrong?

Posted by peter.suen on (March 4, 2013, 23:35 GMT)

I am surprised you didn't mention what Allan Border has to say about Merv's catch. "That is the miracle of Hyderabad", "Must be his first international catch", "If he was wearing white he would be the sightscreen"

Posted by jimmyd1166 on (March 4, 2013, 21:46 GMT)

More than a combination of issues facing the aussies here if they are to salvage ANYTHING from this series except a bit of experience for some of the fresher faces on the sub-continent. One thing is for certain though, the more I watch this series the more I am reminded of why India DO NOT want the DRS in place.

Posted by xylo on (March 4, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

I like how the umpires used the third umpire to reach the correct decision. This should be the way to go, rather than DRS. The umpires should ask the third ump when in doubt and not captains.

Posted by balajeev on (March 4, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

Pity Merv Hughes didn't catch Phil Hughes !

Posted by ARad on (March 4, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

I am starting to side with those who think that ONLY UMPIRES should be in control of DRS reviews, not players, regardless of the technology used. Obviously, umpires themselves seem to think that they could make mistakes and, if umpires are rated and retained based on their performance, they would have incentives to get everything right. Who among the real (i.e., impartial) cricket fans would oppose decisions being made after a careful review? Umpires are humans. They have to toil for hours under the sun. They need to pay attention to several factors during every delivery. Their decisions are scrutinized by millions of fans. Everyone who doesn't swallow the latest conspiracy theories regarding TV companies doctoring videos and everyone who has practical intelligence to know that even if things are never 100% accurate, we can still have significant improvements, should support this.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (March 4, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

Poor Aussie performance is due to their pride. They are too used to the 90's/early 2000's and when a player "messes up" even once, they throw him to the wolves without giving a second chance for a while. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day. Nathan Lyon was clearly the best spin bowler they had in a while and just because MS Dhoni attacked him doesn't mean he is a bad bowler. That's like dropping Malinga after he leaked all those runs to Kohli in Hobart. Also, Mitchell Johnson has been in incredible form AND he has the experience (played 6 matches in India before). But because of one Ashes series, nobody seems to like Johnson's name anymore. Hughes? The man is very overrated and I would have given a chance to Shaun Marsh who had an excellent series in Sri Lankan subcontinent conditions. Am I saying that if the selection panel was better, Australia would have won? No, but I'm saying it would have been a way closer contest

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (March 4, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

Poor performance by Australians is due to early retirements either forced or uncalled for..

Posted by   on (March 4, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

I am surprised the double drop off Kumar's bowling did not feature here - that must be the most gut wrenching feeling for new any ball medium pacer - and esp. for an Indian new ball medium pacer!

Posted by maddy20 on (March 4, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

@ lillee4PM Was it really necessary to take a dig at us and embarrass yourself especially when your team is playing so well? Indian cricket has gone through a torrid time towards the end of the careers of Dravid, Laxman and ultimately their retirements not to mention the declining capability of Sachin. So good performances from the youngsters would re-invoke people's interest in the longest format of the game and thats natural!

Posted by kiranvg on (March 4, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

It is not Australia has played worst.It is definetly lack of Ideas with Australia. I am sure had they played even first match with two spinners definelty the second match would have been won by australia. This young Indian side definetly can play a good bowling attack be it spin or be it fast. I am sure they cant play spin in India itself.It was only laxman and dravid may be ganguly who had patience at the crease playing for spin. India just lost * wickets for 113 runs and of them 7 went for the spin .......... I think Englan did well in Indian they started with spinners from first test only.

Posted by lillee4PM on (March 4, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

Very poor series from an Aussie point of view but this lacklustre performance is reviving popular interest in test cricket among Indians...whoda thunk it!

Posted by prgiri on (March 4, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

Im sure BCCI would accept DRS if the 2 below points are considered: 1) Only pitch map and slow motion replays are used and im sure we can eliminate all the HOWLERS from the game. 2) The umpires do all the decision making including reviewing .... Players have no right to review..... The fielding team can be given one review per innings to avert "Out" given as "Notout".

Lets face it .... the debate of DRS is not about the use of technology .... its about money .... ICC is trying to sell the use of Hawkeye, Snickometer and Hotspot to meet its business obligations and BCCI as usual is preventing that because the cost of using these technologies should be borne by the individual boards.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (March 4, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

Re. Mystery review of the day, I guess the umpires and everybody else were just so shocked that Wade actually took a catch. It's perfectly understandable for Marais Erasmus to just assume any chances going Wade's way would be dropped anyway, so what's the big deal...

Posted by Abhishek.2626 on (March 4, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

Yes. What "karthik_raja" says is acceptable.. But still. there is no sensible explanation from BCCI about why they do not want to use DRS. Just that its not "100%"????? What the hell is that.. If say there are 10 wrong decisions per test. By using DRS u may not have 0. But will definitely bring it down right? . When the first car was invented. it wasnt a McLaren F1 or a Gallardo. Cars slowly started improving when more people started using them and thru improvement of technology. As simple as that. Use DRS in the current form to atleast reduce the errors by 50%. In the future it will definitely achieve a near 99% success rate.

Posted by InsideHedge on (March 4, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

@Ramesh Narayanan: The method Erasmus used was incorrect, he had ruled not out inititally, and it was the players who convinced him to go upstairs, a reflection of the umpire's lack of confidence. Nothing new there, Erasmus - a nice chap - routinely messes up. Your comments on the umpires using a backdoor without the need for players is contradictory, please carefully read what actually happened.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

Regardless od the Tendulkar incident, there were 2 more clear umpiring errors today. Cowan and Dhoni. I've lost count of the number so far and the series is only in it's second match. Between 3 and 5 a day for the first test and 3 or 4 so far in the second. 25+ something like that. So many errors that entire innings, matches and everything else seem pretty meaningless. Some guys have to be got out 3x (Dhoni) others get given out 5x in a tour without being properly out on any of those 5 times (Cooke). IS this what cricket is? Roll the dice? Spin the coin and make a wish? I'll tell you one thing. DRS isn't perfect, nothing is EVER perfect, but it wouldn't have made 25+ mistakes so far in this series. 1 or2 - but not 25. This is a farce!

Posted by TRAM on (March 4, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

I agree that this approach of "Umpire's DRS calls" should be made the standard. I also want the 3rd umpire(s) to automatically review every suspicious case quickly and advise the on field umpire. That way DRS will not be "players' gamble" any more.

But wonder if this "Umpire's DRS call" was practiced in the 1st test? Why was Clarke not given out when he had a thick edge?

Posted by sitaram58 on (March 4, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

whats the big deal!!!! the umpires used to technology, sachin was out and the correct decision was made. Or is that the real problem!!!!!

Posted by cricketanand12 on (March 4, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

@jmcilhinney what was need for pujara to run for 3 when he struck 30 fours and a six ,actually drs should be left up to umpire..when he is confirmed that he needs it..then only he will use it and batsman or either bowler may suggest him telling him the reasons that why batsman should be given out and when he is not declared out and batsman when declared out may suggest that why he isnt out??

Posted by Fireballz on (March 4, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

Quite remarkable the Merv Hughes incident. Didn't Freddie Flintoff's dad drop a crowd catch off his son in a test match once? A simular occurance you could argue.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (March 4, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I think it has been a bizarrely poor bowling effort from the Australians this tour against a struggling, out-of-form Indian batting lineup. Guess Bangladeshi bowlers would have made a better meal out of these bowling-friendly conditions. And coming to the Australian batting, it has been even more so abysmal. Even if India win this series 4-0, I wouldn't rate it higher than the 2-0 whitewash we gave to NZ few months ago. Disappointing to see Australian team in shambles. Would really like to see Australia tour Bangladesh for a Test series in the coming months (not being sarcastic here). Anyways, well played India.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

Firstly,I like the headline of your article. Mostly likely the match will be over in two sessions tomorrow. It's time that BCCI should come forward and accept DRS.

Posted by bumsonseats on (March 4, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

i would like the umpires to collectedly say the DRS has to be used in every game in every country and if not they would go on strike, then so be it. i would like the umpires spokesman to tell the icc. if india would not use it then they have the ipl and little else. as it is that would never happen in any other sport. pity it was only England that had the guts to vote for its use, but then every other country use it other than in games against india. how daft is that they use it but would not vote for its i said gutless.

Posted by karthik_raja on (March 4, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

For ppl who r all concerned - BCCI wudn't mind such indirect referral system @ all. The reason is very simple - I am almost sure that BCCI has problems only with HOTSPOT/HAWKEYE bt not against the whole DRSystem. Else, they wudn't hv agreed to use DRS in Eng Tour. I hv been repeatedly saying "DRS without HOTSPOT/Ball Tracking technology is the way to go". As much as I hate to see SRT's dismissal, I am very much happy that it gave us a proof of DRSystem can be made very simple. I will repeat again. A FAINT EDGE which ONLY HOTSPOT can detect is no HOWLER by any means. Also, Inside edge/Pitched outside leg LBW decisions doesn't require HAWKEYE. Simple slow-mo can get us 99.9% of correct results. "Imaginary path" should be left to Umpires. B4 u start wondering - I am NOT a fan of BCCI. :)

Posted by sweetspot on (March 4, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

That catch by big Merv Hughes has to be an outlandishly freakish occurrence in any sport! What are the odds of such a thing happening? One in a million? At the very least, it was one in 20,000!

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 4, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

I'm guessing that there would have been a few more 3s if Pujara didn;t have a dodgy leg. Once again, the injured batsman does the damage.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

It is a farce that they are not using DRS. Simple. All respect to the umpires for using a loophole, if they did. The ICC needs to earn their corn and tell the BCCI what's what... and the other test playing nations. Disgraceful situation.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

If the players can't use Umpires can. It is a great way of getting over the problem of players prevented from using DRS. Umpires have done the right thing (whether it's strictly as per rules or not) to use the DRS to make the game fair for both sides. Great job. Hope it becomes a practice. Then we don't need the players asking for it. Let this be made official practice. But it's a great way of back door DRS.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (March 4, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

This was a poor day of test cricket. With yet more batting failures, the Australians continue their infamous slide, that is more than obvious, but India too got sloppy against club-rate bowling, lying back on their laurels just because they know how terrible Australia are. The brittle Australian top order showed once again how they're not suitable for test match level, but we all knew that already.

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