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The Ashes: Twitter Reveals Divisions on DRS

Khawaja walks back to the pavilion on a day of controversy
Khawaja walks back to the pavilion on a day of controversyStu Forster/Getty Images
Freddie WildeContributor IAugust 1, 2013

The Umpire Decision Review System has at times captured more attention than the cricket thus far in the Ashes, and again on Day 1 at Old Trafford, the technology came to the fore under controversial circumstances.

Usman Khawaja, on one at the time, drove at a turning delivery from Graeme Swann, that was well caught by Matt Prior behind the stumps.

The Umpire Tony Hill responded to England's vociferous appeals by raising his finger. However, Khawaja immediately reviewed the decision. All the replays, both real time, slow motion and HotSpot appeared to show the ball missing Khawaja's outside edge by some distance.

However, the third umpire Kumar Dharmasena adjudged Hill's original decision to be correct and Khawaja was sent, clearly bitterly disappointed, on his way. 

Here's what happened:

The anger:

It's the humans not the system:

It's the system it's not the humans:

Perhaps this view, adds some perspective to proceedings. Because, despite the drama surrounding the decision and DRS, the system actually changed nothing.

Another day. Another DRS drama. 

Here's to the next one, it's probably only 24 hours away.

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