Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Pallekele, 4th day September 11, 2011

Haddin calls for DRS consistency


Brad Haddin, Australia's wicketkeeper, has said the use of technology to review decisions should be made uniform across international cricket or thrown out altogether following another day of close decisions and inconclusive replays in Sri Lanka.

Often at the centre of Australia's appeals for the use of the DRS, Haddin was twice convinced he had caught Tharanga Paranvitana on the fourth afternoon of the Test. On the first occasion he was denied due to the lack of conclusive evidence and may have been fortunate to be given the second one, off the bowling of Michael Hussey, after it too seemed to have only circumstantial backing on the replays offered by the host broadcaster.

"There was a good noise [on the first one]," Haddin said of a legside catch off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson. "I was pretty confident that we'd nicked the glove. Young Uzzy [Usman Khawaja] at bat-pad thought he'd seen it come straight off the glove but it wasn't to be.

"It's pretty hard with those ones in general for umpires where it comes off the glove or the hip or the bat. It's pretty hard with no Hotspot as well; it's hard to make a decision. I was pretty confident then that we got some glove.

"I was 100% sure there was an edge [on the second appeal] and I said so to Michael [Clarke]. We were a bit nervous when it went up stairs because there was no Hotspot. We threw the dice a bit but I was 100% sure there was an edge."

Haddin argued that technology had to be consistently applied if it was to be used, as players and umpires were constantly forced to re-adjust their sights under the current system, a product of political expediency and cost constraints.

"My opinion on it is that I think it needs to be consistent all around the world," Haddin said. "I think it needs to be the same. I don't think you can chop and change from series to series. I think if you've got the technology there you might as well use it and if not don't use it at all and leave it up to the umpires.

"I think it's important with Test cricket that everything's consistent. If you're going to have Hotspot for other series, you need to have it for this. That's only my view, I think it all needs to be consistent and one message, wherever you're playing in the world."

Australia's chances of victory in the second Test appear to hinge on the second new ball, a fact acknowledged by Haddin.

"That's why we were trying to get through some over pretty quick today from about 70-odd so we could maybe have three or four overs with it tonight but it wasn't to be the case," Haddin said. "The game basically sits on the first session tomorrow. We've got to do damage with the new ball. If we don't it's going to be tough work from there.

"It's a good wicket but it's up to us to make sure we make things happen. With that we've got to make sure with the new ball that we're getting them driving and making sure we're trying to create chances either behind the wicket or possibly even some short catches. It's important that we bowl well with the new ball and get the new ball up there, make them play as much as we possibly can to have a real red-hot crack in this first session. It's a pretty important part of the game."

Sri Lanka's success on day four was based on an opening stand of 81 between Tillakaratne Dilshan and Paranavitana. However Haddin pointed out they were fortune not to edge any number of balls from Ryan Harris and Trent Copeland early on.

"They played and missed a bit with that new ball and probably had a bit of luck go their way rather than find the edge and have it go to hands. That was the big difference there [from other innings]," Haddin said. "You need to create chances with the new ball on these sort of wickets. I actually thought we bowled quite well but the chances they weren't there for us today.

"[It was a] typical day of Test cricket. It's a good batting wicket, we had two pretty good players at the end and we've got to do damage with the new ball tomorrow to get a result out of this game."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Shyam on September 12, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    I do agree, we do have issues with DRS. But the quality of umpiring improved a lot with DRS. I feel the technology used in WC 2011 is far better than i see now in Ind-England series and Aus-SL series. When BC Lara was given out wrongly in WC 1996, we all say we need some ways for the players to refer to 3rd umpire. But when the 3rd umpire was not sure abt a decision, its up to him to go with the field umpires decision. So use watever tech available and make it consistent across all matches. Let Cricket Grow!

  • Mark on September 12, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    DRS issues aside, the bigger problem is Trent Copeland's questionable bowling action. He's, at best, pushing the 15 degree allowance to the maximum. Really horrible how replays show how much his arm bends and straightens in the delivery arc.

  • Dummy4 on September 12, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    get rid of the DRS rely on the umpire in the middle to call it how he sees it take the good with the bad, it is an only will be a game after all

  • Bala on September 12, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    @ mak102480: These problems with HotSpot were not known when India resisted the DRS. India has been resisting DRS since that 2008 series to Sri Lanka where the hosts used DRS more effectively than the visitors. Some sort of technology is required; whether we currently have the right technology has to be confirmed by the ICC Technical Committee (and not the Board) through proper testing. And, as Haddin (and others including Taufel earlier) said, you have to play under the same rules everywhere. This can only happen if ICC step in and get a centralised contract. However, if the video feed comes from the TV broadcaster (as is implied in the article), that would require the ICC to centrally contract TV broadcasters as well. That would be good for the game (a central pool of money available), but individual boards will not take too kindly to that.

  • Rajaram on September 12, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    The BEST thing for Cricket would be to go back to the gentleman's game of accepting the Umpire's decision as FINAL. No DRS for players. Give the use of Technology SOLELY to the Umpires to decide whether to use it or not. Like it is now for Run-Outs.

  • Simon on September 11, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    I am not really a supporter of the DRS. But if the I.C.C. want to bring it in, then they should do so themselves. They should make sure all the teams play to the same rules, and they should be the ones to foot the bill. That way all teams, whether they are the richer ones like England and India or the poorer ones like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe can have the same technology. And its the I.C.C.'s job, not the BCCI or CA or whoever, to put these measures in place.

  • Johnathon on September 11, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    Just a selection thought, Copeland has very good potential. Get this man some sessions with McGrath and when India come to tour, this will be the main man. His tight lines don't allow batsman to make runs off him easily and that alone is enough to suffice since Indian batsman do not have the ability to grind out (as we see from England). Will be instrumental in the wickets of Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gambhir, Raina, and Dhoni which is half the team

  • Adam on September 11, 2011, 23:07 GMT

    Here is a novel idea.............why not start matches 30mins to one hour earlier and try and avoid bad light situations. I'm sick of watching entertaining cricket but knowing that time will be lost due to bad light. If cricket officials are serious about making test cricket more appealing, why not start by trying to ensure that a full days play is achieved where possible. I don;t care about te DRS.....I just like two teams battling it out like Aus and the Lankans yesterday.

  • Phil on September 11, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    Agree with Haddin about consistency of use. I am worried about Hot-spot - it does seem to miss edges. Hawk-eye seems to be reliable. Third umpires do seem to be giving players out for edges that there's doubt about, but on the other hand, if they believe the evidence is there, then they have to give it out.

  • kan on September 11, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela bat till tea tomorrow to save the test match, it is better to have no technology rather than inconsistant technology

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