Teams should only be given one review per innings, says Chris Cairns

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Cairns is hoping to see New Zealand rise up the rankings within the next three years

Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns has announced that teams should only be allowed one review per innings in order for them to stop relying on the Decision Review System (DRS).

“The DRS is something that helps the game but I think it needs to be used not as a crutch in the game,” Cairns told PTI. “I would actually have one review per innings because it is there to stop a very bad decision.”

Cairns also noted that the current New Zealand team had been very disappointing in all three formats, but hoped that they would rise up the rankings within the next three tears.

“We are eighth in every form of the game,” he said. “I don’t think that’s reflective of the talent. New Zealand is more talented than that. Their performances have been erratic, but in next two to three years they will become more consistent.”

Cairns believes that inexperience is the main problem in the New Zealand squad as many of the senior players have either been dropped or retired.

“If you have got strong senior players a lot of young players sort of come through, but New Zealand seem to lose majority of its players in one go,” he added. “It takes longer (to re-establish) if you don’t have experience in the side.”

The 43-year-old stated that youngsters should be given a chance to prove themselves on the international stage and not dropped after failing to have an impact over the course of a few matches.

“We had inconsistency since early 1990s,” Cairns said. “In mid-’90s we were a very average team. You have to be careful not to chop and change. If you chop and change you don’t get an extended run and experience.”

Cairns, who is considered to be one of the greatest all-rounders to ever step foot in the game, believes he sees some of his qualities in 22-year-old Corey Anderson.

“There are some good young players coming through,” Cairns said. “Corey Anderson is a young all-rounder. He has the ability to change the game with bat and bowl. He is one name to keep an eye on. He needs more time to come through.”

When asked about his opinion on Australia’s woes and their performance in the recently concluded Ashes series, which they lost 3-0 to England, Cairns said: “They have to restart. I don’t think the Ashes was as far apart as 3-0 would suggest. I think it’s lot closer than that, but England won the big moments. They were a good side as they showed in India last year. Very consistent, very methodical and won big moments. They worked hard and deserved it.”

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