Cowan rues absence of DRS in current Test series

Published: Monday, December 26, 2011, 16:09 [IST]
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Cowan rues absence of DRS

Melbourne, Dec 26: Debutant Australian opener Ed Cowan on Monday rued the absence of Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) in the ongoing Test series against India and called on the ICC to make the technology uniform for all Test-playing nations.

"As someone who loves his cricket and has watched a lot of cricket, I just dont understand why it cant be handed down by the ICC to be uniform in all the game. And thats me speaking as an outsider and not as someone who has been in the bubble for a long time," said Cowan after starting his career with an impressive 68 on day one of the first Test in Melbourne.

Cowan didnt seem happy after his debatable dismissal at a crucial time.

Australia were 214 for five when Cowan was given out caught behind off Ravichandran Ashwin. Television replays, however, showed that umpire Ian Gould may have erred.

"I was disappointed to get out. It was a bit of a lazy shot. You saw the replays, you saw my reaction, you can join the dots I guess. With the DRS, Im an interesting perspective because Ive been a consumer of the game for so long. This is day one on the job for me."

Another decision which rubbed Australia the wrong way was the dismissal of Mike Hussey who was given caught behind off Zaheer Khan.

"Its a bit of gut-wrenching experience, doesnt matter whether its first ball or youre on 150. It was a massive movement in the game, a huge moment. Wed just had a 100-run partnership, wrestled back the momentum, almost a 50-run partnership."

"We felt we were really half an hour away from really nailing them, grinding them into dust. We get through that Zaheer spell unscathed and its a completely different complexion to the days play."


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