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'People's careers are on the line'

Australia opener Chris Rogers laments the decision to give Usman Khawaja out

August 1, 2013

Posted by dmat on (August 2, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

I think the standard of umpiring has dropped since DRS came into being. I was of the belief that Aleem Dar was one of the best umpires around but he as well as Dharmasena, Hill and Erasmus, have been poor this series. Are there better umpires in world cricket? Has the DRS forced umpires to second guess the technology? It's a shame we are discussing these issues because there has been some great cricket - Bell, Root, Swann, Anderson, Siddle, Agar and now Clark, Rogers and Smith have all put in good individual performances during the series so far.

Posted by milepost on (August 2, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

I think it is fair to say the umpires in the series may find themselves off the 'elite' panel in the very near future. I know it may seem a bit harsh to say but the consistency of poor decisions including those that have been clearly made a mess of using DRS should warrant an investigation by the ICC.

Posted by izzidole on (August 2, 2013, 0:59 GMT)

Nowaday's umpiring decisions are so bad on the field as well as with the third umpire inspite of the DRS it makes you sick and frustrated about the stupid rules that have come into play in recent times. While Khawaja was clearly not out according to the replays Steve Smith was plumb LBW according to replays which was turned down by the on field umpire Hill. Unfortunately England could't challenge the decision because they had already used up their two reviews. It means that even if a batsman is out he cannot be given out if the on field umpire makes the wrong decision if it cannot be challenged by the bowling side which is really frustrating to the team as well as to those who are watching the game. Umpire Hill also made a wrong decision as the third umpire in the last ashes test as well. The umpiring in this series has been atrocious to say the least and the decisions seem to border more on luck as a result players careers are in jeopardy. Poor eyesight and hearing may be to blame.

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