‘Let the umpires make the decisions’, says Andrew Flintoff

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“Like it or lump it, he’ll stick his finger up or not and you’ve got to get on with the next ball”

Former England captain Andrew Flintoff has announced that the Decision Review System (DRS) should be scrapped in order to allow umpires to make their own decisions.

The DRS was hot topic throughout the recent Ashes series as it was responsible for a number of dodgy decisions.

“I got a hundred against New Zealand at Gloucester and got caught behind for about 15,” Flintoff said. “But I stayed out there.

“On the flip side you get some shocking decisions and you’ve got to walk off. It evens itself out, it doesn’t need DRS, let the umpires make the decisions.

“I think it’s one of the few games left where the umpire decision is final. It’s not like football where they’ll stand there shouting, screaming and swearing at them. Like it or lump it, he’ll stick his finger up or not and you’ve got to get on with the next ball.

“I don’t think it’s needed, just let the umpire do it.”

Flintoff also expressed his dismay at the fact that many people have criticised England pace bowler Stuart Broad for not walking during the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge after he clearly edged a delivery straight to the slips.

The 2005 Ashes hero added that he would have been infuriated if Broad had walked, despite the umpire not giving him out.

“I can’t believe that people have got on their high horses about it, players, ex-players, everyone,” Flintoff said. “It happens every day in county cricket, every day in professional cricket.

“What are you going to do if a bowler got an lbw decision and it wasn’t out? Are you going to call him back?

“It’s part and parcel of the game. If I’d have been in the dressing room and Stuart Broad had walked and the umpire hadn’t given him out, I’d have had a right go at him.”

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