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The Ashes: Mark Stoneman’s dismissal sparks DRS controversy in Perth Test

England have sought explanation from the match referee over the Decision Review System (DRS) after Mark Stoneman’s controversial dismissal on Day 1 of the third Ashes Test in Perth.

cricket Updated: Dec 16, 2017 16:10 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Mark Stoneman was dismissed for 56 in England’s first innings of the third Ashes Test in Perth. (AP)

The England cricket team has asked for clarification from the ICC match referee, Richie Richardson, over the use of Decision Review System (DRS) while adjudging opener Mark Stoneman out on the first day of third Ashes Test currently underway at the WACA in Perth. (ASHES SCORES)

At the close of day’s play, England captain, Joe Root, and coach, Trevor Bayliss paid a visit to the referee asking him to help them understand the process that led to the dismissal of the English batsman at a crucial juncture of the match.

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Stoneman was adjudged caught behind by third umpire Aleem Dar, overruling the not out decision from the on-field umpire, Marais Erasmus. There was some confusion as to whether the bat was still in Stoneman’s hand when Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc’s delivery brushed his glove, but Dar decided to rule it in the favour of the fielding side. The footage that emerged later justified the Pakistan umpire’s call. However, England claimed the evidence wasn’t conclusive enough to overrule the on-field decision.

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Root, in particular, seemed upset with the decision as he was seen hitting the dressing room door in anger after Stoneman was given out.

The English team has also decided to raise the wider issue of ensuring a proper standardisation with DRS around the world. As of now, the process varies from one place to another, depending on the kind of equipment used by the host broadcaster.

First Published: Dec 16, 2017 16:10 IST