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:
In case you missed Usman Khawaja's dismissal, here it is in pics (via C Madnaik): pic.twitter.com/P4LWB4tV0h— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) August 1, 2013
Bit early for the third umpire to be on the gin. #ashes— 51allout (@51allout) August 1, 2013
I've just sat down to watch the test. That was one of the worst cricket umpiring decisions I have ever seen. KRudd— Kevin Rudd (@KRuddMP) August 1, 2013
It's the humans not the system:
Thing to remember is that without DRS we would still be saying that was a shocking decision. Not the system's fault but those operating it.— Steve James (@sjamesjourno) August 1, 2013
That decision by Dharmasena as bad as Dar's failure to spot Broad's thick edge at Nottingham. Difference is he was watching slow-motion TV— Simon Wilde (@swildecricket) August 1, 2013
Players lose careers on the back of decisions like that. It may be harsh but the 3rd umpire should suffer a similar fate.— Paul Marsh (@Marsh_Paul) August 1, 2013
It's the system it's not the humans:
More evidence of the lunacy of DRS - the replay clearly showed he missed it easily ! 3rd umps & DRS process destroying cricket #Ashes— Brett Graham (@worldofBG) August 1, 2013
DRS has died. The body will be cremated and the Ashes will be taken to BCCI headquarters.— Gaurav Sabnis (@gauravsabnis) August 1, 2013
DRS is as fallible as humans. Perfection is impossible. There will always be mistakes in cricket as in life. Chill people, just relax— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) August 1, 2013
Perhaps this view, adds some perspective to proceedings. Because, despite the drama surrounding the decision and DRS, the system actually changed nothing.
Best thing about today is that DRS is all people are talking about even though it has had absolutely no effect on this match.— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) August 1, 2013
Another day. Another DRS drama.
Here's to the next one, it's probably only 24 hours away.