DRS absence baffles Tremlett
Chris Tremlett admits he is baffled at India's refusal to accept the Decision Review System for their upcoming series.
Last Updated: 13/06/11 8:55pm
England pace bowler Chris Tremlett admits he is baffled at India's refusal to accept the Decision Review System (DRS) for their upcoming series.
Build-up to this summer's mouth-watering series has been overshadowed by India's rejection of the DRS, despite the programme being hailed as a success since its introduction in 2009.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) want every nation to use the system, in which teams are allowed two correct referrals per innings to the television umpire, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have always been against its use and do not plan to change tact for their tour of England, which begins with the first Test at Lord's on July 21.
Tremlett is a big advocate of the use of technology to aid umpires, and benefited from it in the current series against Sri Lanka when he removed Tillakaratne Dilshan after a referral during England's memorable first Test victory at Cardiff.
The Surrey paceman admits he is disappointed that he and the rest of his team-mates will not be able to refer decisions to the TV umpire against India, and has called on the ICC to make sure all Test-playing nations must use the system.
"I am a fan of the system. If the technology is there it should be used," Tremlett said. "Who knows why they (India) don't want it involved.
"There have been a few decisions that have been rightly overturned and as a bowler you want those decisions given out. It's a fair way of doing things. I'm fully in agreement with it.
"It's something that we like to use and it should be used in every Test if the technology is there and it's a shame that they don't want DRS involved in the India series."
The BCCI have repeatedly stated that they are not satisfied with the accuracy of the likes of Hawkeye and Hot Spot, but Tremlett insists that from the games he has been involved in where the DRS has been used, it has been reliable.
"The hot spot has shown that it works. In Australia we had a few decisions correctly overturned," said Tremlett.
"It is very accurate. Sometimes there is a lot of noise around a Test match and an umpire might not hear a fine nick so it's an important thing to have.
"Hawkeye is fair too so it'll be a shame. It has been a successful thing over the last six months."
Victory against Sri Lanka in the third and final Test at the Rose Bowl would lift the England team to joint-second with South Africa in the ICC's Test rankings.
Although the calculations are far from straightforward, England could then take India's place at the top of the rankings with a convincing series win over Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side.
"There's no reason why we can't win that series against India," added Tremlett. This side is going from strength to strength and we're on a good winning streak at the moment. I'm fully confident that we can beat any side.
"We had success against Australia but the next step is to beat the number one side in the world. If we can beat them convincingly then we will deserve to be number one."