Only umpires should be allowed to enforce the DRS, says Brad Haddin

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Haddin knew he had edged the delivery from Anderson

While most captains and players are in favour of the Decision Review System (DRS), except for India of course, Australia vice-captain Brad Haddin has a very different outlook when it comes to the use of technology during matches, whereby he believes only umpires should have the power to ask for the DRS to be used.

Haddin’s comments come after his controversial dismissal during the first Ashes Test against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

The wicketkeeper-batsman was given out after a long review period to determine whether he had edged a delivery from pace bowler James Anderson.

Speaking about the incident, Haddin admitted that he knew he had edged the ball and also revealed that he did not see any problem with England fast bowler Stuart Broad not walking when he had clearly edged the ball, but was given not out.

“I personally think the umpires might as well use the review,” Haddin said. “I don’t think they need to be in the players’ hands, to be honest.

“I see nothing wrong with what Stuart did. The umpire is there to make the decision and he has seen it different to everyone else.¬†That’s what the system was brought in for, the howler. The system is the same for both teams, we just haven’t used it very well. That’s the bottom line. We have to take emotion out of the decision and go on what we see. If you think it’s out, challenge it. We obviously got it wrong this Test but it might be different next Test.”

Haddin’s views about the DRS mirror those of former¬†umpire Daryl Harper, who noted that players should respect an umpire’s decision instead of challenging it all the time.

“If this current system is the best we can come up with then something is wrong,” Harper toldThe Advertiser. “If the reviews were taken out of the players’ hands and given to the umpires then eventually the stronger performing umpires would emerge and be identified by the lesser number of reviewed decisions.

“In the third umpire’s chair, a full time television umpiring analyst would act swiftly and without fear or favour. That is what the umpires wanted in the first place, five years ago. Once Australia frittered its reviews away with poor judgment, then the door was opened for a howler and Stuart Broad’s non-dismissal was a howler.”

Haddin’s wicket in the first Test gave England a narrow 14-run win and a 1-0 lead in the series and even Haddin had to admit that Anderson had been the key to England’s remarkable victory.

“Obviously Jimmy was the difference,” he said. “He was at you the whole time. I had the opportunity when Finn came on to force the game a little bit.

“I had the feeling England didn’t really want to bowl him. I was always going to go then and see where it got to, see if they could bring Jimmy back quicker than they wanted to. In the end it worked against me, he got me in the end.

“He has shown over a long period of time that he has got a pretty big engine. It’s obvious he is the one we’ve got to work through. He bowled extremely well in difficult conditions for fast bowlers. It’s important to get him bowling a lot of overs. My mindset was to take the game to Finn because I had the feel England didn’t really want to bowl him when the pressure was on.”

The Australian vice-captain was also impressed by 19-year-old Ashton Agar, who scored 98 on his debut, which is now the record for a number 11 batsman.

“He was pretty relaxed actually, bulletproof,” Haddin said. “A 19-year-old kid playing in his first Test match with no fear.

“Whether he understood the enormity of the situation he just watched the ball, blocked the ones on the stumps and hit the ones off the stumps. He was just enjoying the whole time. He showed us how to play, he didn’t play on reputation, he just played on watch the ball and hit it.

“He’s a pretty intelligent kid, he knows what he’s trying to do with the ball and the bat. It’ll be interesting to see how he handles the second Test after all the emotion of your first Test.”

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