DRS becomes third competitor in Ashes series

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Umpires have made mistakes since time immemorial. But if DRS is not about correcting obvious errors then it is worth nothing at all. And those who insist that the ‘people are the problem not the technology’ deserve to be stuck in a room full of computers and asked if they are happy now. The technology will always have to be used by people.

Doubt abounded, replays multiplied ambiguities, and technology should have provided rapid remedy. Yet despite no definitive evidence to speak of, third umpire Kumar Dharmasena elected to uphold the decision, on what basis one can only surmise.

Hill was then perhaps the only person in the ground who could see no reason to give Smith lbw when the batsman could only have been closer to his stumps had he been inside them. Smith was 0, and after 3 runs in two innings at Lord’s staring into a career abyss.

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