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BCCi’s stand on DRS is baffling
Ian Botham, Hindustan Times
January 23, 2013
First Published: 00:53 IST(23/1/2013)
Last Updated: 00:55 IST(23/1/2013)

Another disappointing performance by the English batsman saw them drop back in the one-day series. The credit goes to India, as they had their backs to the wall and came back strongly to go up 2-1.


 

I had high hopes from the English bowling but they have been too expensive. This will be the real test for Alistair Cook and the young team. It will be interesting to see if they can bounce back. England did not field their full-strength side due to the rotation system, which has come from other sports. I am a firm believer in playing the full-strength side. If you are allowed to skip and choose, you should find some other job.

England should look to make two changes. Jose Butler and Stuart Meaker should come in place of Craig Kieswetter and Jade Dernbach, respectively.

The toss in Mohali will be crucial, as dew will come into play. India having pulled up their performance and will start as favourites. It hurts to see games changing course due to umpiring blunders, especially when we have the option of the review system. There has been a lot of talk about DRS and I favour it.

Every team has accepted it except India and I don't know why. If they don't find DRS helping the game, I believe the Indian board and I are watching different sports. India need to understand that nothing is 100% conclusive and DRS has resulted in 97-98% accuracy.

The DRS isn't liked by a few senior players in the India team. On this tour, the absence of DRS has hurt both teams. Everyone should favour it because it helps improve the game and ICC should look at a way to implement it in all games. 

The writer is a former England captain


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