The International Cricket Council (ICC) re-stated its faith in technology in an assessment of contentious decisions during England’s victory over Australia in the first Ashes Test.
The ICC said on Tuesday that the umpiring team made seven errors during the Trent Bridge Test, of which three went uncorrected and four were corrected by the Decision Review System (DRS), which allows teams two unsuccessful referrals per innings.
The three decisions that were marked as uncorrected errors included one against Jonathan Trott when a correct LBW decision was overturned. The other two involved Stuart Broad. One of them came at a pivotal moment during England’s second innings, when Broad didn’t walk when he should have been given out for nicking a delivery to Michael Clarke.
Dar’s long test
Clarke had already used Australia’s two referrals, and Broad’s decision to continue sparked a debate over the batsman’s ethics, Clarke’s decision-making, and Aleem Dar’s future as a Test umpire. The other uncorrected errors were an lbw involving Broad, and Jonathan Trott given lbw upon review after he had originally been given not out.
The ICC said the umpires made a total of 72 decisions at Trent Bridge, which is well above the average (49) for a DRS Test match. “As such, the correct decision percentage before reviews stood at 90.3 per cent but climbed to 95.8 per cent as a result of the use of the DRS. This represented an increase of 5.5 per cent in correct decisions, which was the average increase from DRS Test matches in 2012-13. When coupled with the conditions, with reverse swing and spin playing an important role, and the added intensity of the first Ashes Test, it was a difficult match to umpire,” the ICC statement said.
ICC chief executive Dave Richardson, meanwhile, defended the umpires.
“Like the players, umpires can also have good and bad days but we all know that the umpire’s decision, right or wrong, is final and must be accepted,” ICC chief executive David Richardson said. “While the ICC has complete faith in the ability of its umpires, our confidence in technology is also strengthened by the fact