Ricky Ponting has joined his Australian team-mates in questioning why the Decision Review System is not being used in the Test series against India, saying that the DRS should be used uniformly in every series throughout the world.
Mike Hussey (0) and Ed Cowan (68) fell to controversial decisions on the opening day of the first Test yesterday and Ponting fired a subtle shot at the Indian Cricket Board on its refusal to use the controversial technology. "I thought that was the way it was when it first came in, that it was compulsory in every series we played, but apparently not," Ponting said.
"It's just this one series against India it keeps popping up we are not using this system. As players you want uniformity around the world and you want consistency in the technology," he told ABC radio.
The Australian media too blasted BCCI for refusing to use the DRS. The 'Daily Telegraph' wrote that Cowan was "robbed" and that "Australia was gutted by howlers". "India's stone-age attitude to technology may have also cost Mike Hussey his career," it said.
In another strong reaction, 'Sydney Morning Herald' said, "India's stubborn rejection of state-of-the-art decision review technology has taken only hours to cause a major storm in Australia."
Chappell bats for DRS
Former India coach Greg Chappell has strongly advocated the use of DRS in all bilateral Test series.
"Technology is not perfect but the technology has taken the pressure of the umpires. If there's a chance that the really bad ones are overturned and the game is better for it then we should have it," Chappell said.