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Smith decision exposes chinks in DRS

South Africa captain Graeme Smith has been left aggrieved after a contentious umpire decision review led to his dismissal against England and started his team's slide to defeat.

cricket Updated: Mar 06, 2011 23:22 IST

South Africa captain Graeme Smith has been left aggrieved after a contentious umpire decision review led to his dismissal against England and started his team's slide to defeat.

TV umpire Asoka de Silva took about five minutes to decide that Smith had gloved a delivery by Graeme Swann, overturning the on-field umpire's call and giving the South Africa captain out on Sunday.

The incident was the first of two in the game to show what critics say are the inadequacies of the umpire decision review system, which the International Cricket Council has said should only be used to overturn obvious errors.