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Ben Stokes Makes Case for Scrapping Umpire’s Call in DRS Mechanism

Ben Stokes wants the Decision Review System (DRS) to get rid of the umpire’s call because England didn’t understand why Zak Crawley was out in the second innings of the third Test against India in Rajkot.

Kumar Dharamasena out Crawley lbw to Jasprit Bumrah in the ninth over. Crawley later questioned this call, but he left the field angry because he thought the predicted path of the ball showed it would miss the top of the leg stump. This was the second time in a row that Crawley had been wrongly given a close DRS call. The first time was when he was given a leg before against Kuldeep Yadav in Visakhapatnam after Rohit Sharma reviewed the call. Stokes said at the time that the choice was “wrong.”

Ben Stokes Queries DRS Decision

England captain and head coach Brendon McCullum asked match referee Jeff Crowe for clarification following their 434-run loss. Stokes said at stumps that the wrong picture showed the ball narrowly missing leg stump. Hawk-Eye told Stokes the calculations were correct, predicting enough leg stump contact to uphold the on-field ruling.

“We just wanted some clarity around Zak’s DRS when the images came back,” said Stokes. “The replay shows the ball missing the stump. We were confused when the umpire called it when the ball didn’t hit the stumps. We requested Hawk-Eye’s clarification.

“The calculations said it hit the stumps, but the projection was inaccurate. Not sure what that implies. Problems exist, so okay.

Stokes Criticizes Umpire’s Call

England were also incensed by Ollie Pope’s first-inning dismissal. Since the leg stump impact proved irrefutable, Mohammed Siraj was overturned from “not out”. Watching live, tourists expected the on-field decision would stand.

Stokes dismissed claims that such calls put England 2-1 down in the five-match series. His preference was to reform the system, starting with umpire calls.

Three umpire calls have gone against us this game, which is DRS. On the correct or wrong side. Unfortunately, we were mistaken. 500 runs is a lot, so I won’t say that’s why we lost this game.

“The game result doesn’t determine it. Sometimes you lose those decisions, but that’s part of the game. Sometimes they comply with your wishes, sometimes they don’t.

“Just equal playing field. Umpires have a tough job, especially in India when the ball spins. To me, the ball hits the stumps if it hits them. To be honest, ‘umpire’s call’ should be removed. It sounds like we’re grumbling and saying that’s why we lost the Test match, so I won’t get into it.”

Hawkins Defends Hawk-Eye

In response to Stokes’ comments concerning the DRS’s accuracy during the second Test, Hawk-Eye’s ball-tracking technology designer Paul Hawkins defended the system and protocols.

“There isn’t [even] a one percent chance of it being wrong,” Hawkins told the Sunday Times. “We screen-grab everything the Hawk-Eye operator shows for every DRS occurrence. We can’t change this, thus it goes to the ICC for quality control.

Two independent tracking systems exist. The cameras are identical, but operators calibrate and manually bit separately. This gives backup in case of a crash. Before airing a lbw shout or review, the person playing it on TV must confirm that both trajectories produce the same result and hit the stumps in the same area.

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    February 20, 2024 at 8:21 am

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    March 30, 2024 at 12:11 am

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