Jonny Bairstow has made an impassioned plea for greater clarity about the technology used by the third umpire in cricket, noting it was a source of frustration at the SCG and careers are being “messed with”.
England were deflated by a series of Decision Review System (DRS) calls as Australia marched towards an imposing 4-479 at stumps on day three of the Ashes series finale.
Shaun Marsh successfully reviewed a caught-behind dismissal on 22, with replays showing a clear gap between bat and ball, while Mitch Marsh successfully referred his lbw dismissal on 55.
Ball-tracking technology suggested Mitch Marsh was wrongly given out but third umpire Sundaram Ravi didn’t get that far in his assessment of the wicket, judging there to be an edge based on a spike on the Snickometer.
Later replays suggested the noise was Marsh hitting his pad rather than the ball, with Michael Clarke noting in commentary the allrounder “has missed it (the ball) by an inch”.
Captain Joe Root approached on-field umpires after the decision, while the tourists also raised objections after Ravi denied Mason Crane a wicket in the final over before lunch when he judged Mason Crane to have overstepped and delivered a no-ball.
It isn’t the first time DRS has created angst this series.
“It’s important there is real clarity on the actual process and real clarity on how the review system works,” Bairstow told reporters.
“That’s getting Hawk-Eye (ball-tracker) matching up the balls.
“That’s getting Snicko right, because at the moment obviously it can be potentially pick up people’s feet that are moving.
“It can be really frustrating, especially when you’re toiling very hard for a long period of time.
“We need to make sure the technology being used is of the highest standard because it’s people’s careers you are messing with.”
The International Cricket Council is a big supporter of DRS and last year convinced India’s powerful cricket board to agree to use it, meaning every Test nation is now on board.
However, funding and supplying the technology involved is the responsibility of the host broadcaster.
“We’re aware there are two different systems that are in place around the world,” Bairstow said.
“As a player you don’t know which system is in place.”
Former England offspinner Graeme Swann was scathing of Ravi’s “clueless” and “absolutely disgraceful” decision to no-ball Crane.
“It’s like your mum trying to record something on the video recorder, she doesn’t know what she’s doing,” Swann said on Triple M.