KP wants no-ball action
Kevin Pietersen says there is "no excuse" for batsmen to be given out to no-balls in the era of the umpire decision review system.
Last Updated: 23/12/09 4:16pm
England's Kevin Pietersen believes there is "no excuse" for batsmen to be given out to no-balls in the era of the umpire decision review system.
Pietersen was bowled by a delivery from Morne Morkel in the first innings of the drawn first Test against South Africa at Centurion, only to discover on returning to the dressing room that it should have been called a front foot no-ball.
The only way such a decision could be overturned, under the International Cricket Council's current system, would be for the non-striking batsman to spot the overstep and ask for a third umpire review.
Pietersen claims international players the world over are united in the belief the situation needs addressing.
"I think something needs to be done about it," he said.
"If you're going to use the referral system the way we're using it now, it should go all the way. You can win and lose Test matches on no-balls.
"For a (non-striking) batsman to be standing and watching whether the bowler is bowling a no-ball and then concentrating on the other end doesn't seem good to me.
"If you're going to use the system we've got, you may as well use it properly.
"We all believe the same thing - the South Africans, the Australians, everybody."
The situation is bound to arise again soon and Pietersen fears the stakes may be even higher next time.
He cites as an example the last-wicket stand between Graham Onions and Paul Collingwood, which salvaged a draw in the first Test and therefore means they arrive still level at what was once Pietersen's own home ground.
"You could lose a batsman," he added. "If Graham Onions had lost his wicket to a no-ball that wasn't (ruled) a no-ball in the last over of a Test match and we'd lost the Test series, with the technology we have nowadays, there's no excuse for it."