DRS has to be the most talked about acronym at the moment.

I’m sorry SOS and CPR, while you might be important most of the time, DRS has taken over; although Australia sent out numerous SOS’ over the last five days and also needed CPR to get a win last night. Ed Cowan will definitely be sending a distress signal of some sort over the next three days.
The first test of The Ashes in London was only somewhat decided by DRS.
DRS is used in motoring terms and means Drag Reduction System and there was certainly some drag on Stuart Broad’s bat a few days ago.
In the world where 11 players on a field wear wedding dress white, DRS stands for Decision Review System.
Is it a good thing or not?
In a social media world with twitter, instagram, blogs, pinterest, yourinterest, notmyinterest and the ever growing advances in technology, if it can be used in sport effectively, it needs to be there.
A video umpire of some sort is there for most professional sports these days. Does it work well? I’m not sure of the answer. NRL fans are always up in arms and even in NFL where the umpires get more angles than Pythagoras, there are controversial decisions.
The only sport where a video review system seems to be almost perfect is in tennis, but again, like cricket, when a player has used up their allocation of incorrect decisions, they are reliant on the linesman.
Obviously, there has been huge dissent over the success of a video review system in cricket.
I don’t believe DRS is at fault. I just think it comes down to sportsmanship and the individual’s sheer will to win at any cost. Everyone can blame Stuart Broad for not walking and granted his slice of the red cherry was greater than others, but Michael Clarke or Brad Haddin didn’t walk either. Did they know they hit the ball? Only they know the answer.
DRS does work. It’s down to captains to use it correctly, not emotionally.
Sportsmanship is the thing which a video umpire can’t judge. But if I went to the third umpire for what happened during the first Ashes Test, for both teams, it would definitely come up red.


If an umpire or referee made a mistake in sport how many people would stop the game and say “excuse me ref I was actually at fault but you missed it”. 

I might be wrong but I’ve never seen it once in over 20 years of playing sport and three years of being a referee.

English cricketer, Stuart Broad, has been widely criticised, in Australian circles, for not walking after being given not out for a catch behind.

Replays show he hit it and he knew he hit it, yet he didn’t ‘walk on’ like he was a Johnnie Walker ambassador. 

Should he have shown ‘sportsmanship’ and walked? 

In rugby league or rugby, from grass roots to the top level has anyone ever seen a player knock on, which was missed by the referee and the offending player turn to the ref and say “actually, I knocked on. Pack a scrum and give the ball to the opposition”. 

Has anyone seen a tennis player serve an ace and then turn to the linesman and say “I think I foot faulted, take the ace off me”. 

It just doesn’t happen – like a night club bouncer changing his mind and letting someone into a bar or a parking cop overturning a ticket infringement. 

Adam Gilchrist did walk and others have too. Michael Clarke hasn’t walked in the past. 

Broad played by the rules. 

Will Australian’s walk for the rest of the Ashes? Only time will tell. 

Picture this scenario. It’s the deciding test match. Australia are nine for, needing one more run to win the series and The Ashes. There is a snick to the keeper. The umpire says “not out”. 

Do you think the Australian batsman would walk? 

Would you want him to walk? 


So it’s down to the decider in two of the biggest codes on the east coast of Australia.
The Wallabies are the hope of the nation in rugby circles and Paul Gallen’s men are trying to stop QLD winning their 8th straight Origin series.
Obviously all people living in the xxxx gold capital of the world would love a Wallabies and Maroons double and I’m sure Tom Waterhouse could give you some decent odds on that.
But how about us cockroaches? A Wallabies win would naturally be incredible but a triumph over Mal’s men would be like stopping Napoleon or bringing down the Berlin Wall. Ok, maybe I’ve gone a bit too far there, but it would be one small step for man and one giant leap for men of blue kind, if NSW could triumph in the decider.
If you could choose just one victory, which one would it be?
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