England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow was furious after the third day’s play at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the ongoing 5th Ashes Test. Bairstow called for clarity with the way entire Decision Review System (DRS) functions, citing that it can take away players’ “career and livelihood”.
Bairstow’s remarks came after a controversial leg before decision which was overturned by the third umpire S Ravi. Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was adjudged LBW off Tom Curran by the on-field umpire Joel Wilson, but when Marsh decided to review the decision it showed up a spike on Snicko and HotSpot appeared to detect a faint edge.
From the replay, it seemed that Marsh’s bat struck his pad rather than the other way around. No wonder, Bairstow reckons that this uncertainty over DRS might cost someone his career.
“When it comes to all the technology it’s important that moving forward for all the teams there’s real clarity on the actual process and how the review system works,” Bairstow said according to Hindustan Times.
“That’s getting HawkEye matching up to the TV images, getting Snicko right, because it can pick up moving feet and people scratching around the crease and other stuff,” he added.
The frustrations of England and Bairstow likely owed more to a brutal third day, when the tourists toiled in the heat as Usman Khawaja (171), Steve Smith (83), Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh piled on the runs to take Australia 479-4 at stumps.
“We are aware there are two different systems in place around the world and it’s about making sure there is clarity on how those systems work for us as players out in the middle.
“When you see the spike on the graph and one system is allowed one frame before, but the other system has one frame after, and you don’t know which system is in place, that can be very frustrating - especially when you are toiling very hard for a long period of time,” Jonny elaborated.
“That’s all we want as players. The technology is there to be used but we need to make sure it’s of the highest standard because it’s people’s careers and livelihoods you are messing with. It is a frustration not knowing the exact rulings and how it’s used,” he concluded.
Debutant Mason Crane was also left frustrated when he could have got rid of Khawaja plumb in front just before lunch, but unfortunately overstepped in a marginal call.