‘I think the DRS has been good’, says Jonathan Trott

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“There are a few things that could be looked at but I don’t think it’s a bad system at the moment”

Despite England having won the recently concluded Ashes series 3-0, the Decision Review System (DRS) dominated the headlines throughout the historic series for all the wrong reasons.

However, England batsman Jonathan Trott has come to the DRS’ defence, stating that the technology can still be a huge asset to the game if the rules are straightened out.

“I think the DRS has been good,” Trott told BBC Radio Five’s Sportsweek programme. “I think the DRS has been good. It’s been under pressure and, (under) the scrutiny of an Ashes series, there are a few grey areas that have been shown.

“We should straighten out the rules and get clarity with how it should work and how decisions are going to be made, then the players or the spectators won’t have a problem. It does create a bit of atmosphere and a bit of tension for the spectators. It creates a bit of drama.

“I’ve been on the receiving end of DRS where it’s saved me a few times — I think all batsmen have. There have been times where it’s worked in our favour. There are a few things that could be looked at but I don’t think it’s a bad system at the moment.”

But, Trott also noted that umpires are getting away with too many poor decisions, and instead believes in the old school saying of the “benefit of doubt should go to the batsman”.

“Maybe more benefit of doubt should go to the batsman,” the South African-born batsman said. “More benefit of doubt is going to the umpire with regards to defending an umpire’s decision.”

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