Trent Bridge, July 28: England coach Andy Flower feels that controversy is on the brink of erupting as a result of Team India's adamant refusal to adopt a complete version of the Decision Review System for the on-going test series in Ole Blighty. As of now, the DRS is only limited to caught-behind reviews and not lbws.
England may have beaten India by 196 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series, but the encounter could have ended a lot sooner if Umpire Billy Bowden had not erroneously adjudged Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina not out to lbw appeals by pacer Stuart Broad.
Flower slammed these instances and predicted trouble in future matches, beginning with the second Test at Trent Bridge starting on Friday.
"It would have been wrong if the outcome of the game had been seriously affected by a couple of those decisions," he said. "It's unsatisfactory the way it is, there is no doubt about that."
The BCCI's grouse is that the DRS' hawkeye which is used to make lbw decisions is not foolproof. Meanwhile, India's hopes of squaring the series at Trent Bridge depends largely on whether left-armer seamer Zaheer Khan is declared fit after a hamstring injury, which pre-empted him from bowling in the second innings of the Lord's Test.
Zaheer, the boss of the tourists' attack, will undergo a fitness test on Thursday evening.
"He's been our strike bowler for a long time," opening batsman Abhinav Mukund said. "But Ishant (Sharma) has been doing really well - he was the man of the series in the West Indies - and Praveen Kumar has taken five wickets (at Lord's). Sreesanth is waiting in the wings as well, so it's not that we have a depleted attack."