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.