Dominic Cork talks DRS and Mason Crane's no-ball after day three of Ashes Test at SCG
"I remember getting Jonty Rhodes out off a no-ball early in his innings and he went on to get a hundred. It hurts you when you know you've done it. Mason is a very young man but he needs to try and eradicate that as quickly as he can."
Last Updated: 06/01/18 3:23pm
Dominic Cork talks DRS, Mason Crane's no-ball and what England's attitude should be for the remainder of the Test after day three in Sydney…
Jonny Bairstow has a point over the Snicko issue, I think sometimes you can tell somebody hasn't nicked the ball. For instance, with the lbw against Mitchell Marsh that was given out off Tom Curran, Hot Spot didn't show anything.
Snicko brought something up but I don't think it was an edge and I think you can tell it wasn't because Mitchell Marsh wouldn't have been asking his brother at the other end if he thought he had.
Jonny is probably right that they need to get it cleared up, what do the umpires go on? Are they looking at certain things? Jonny has said it is messing with people's careers but DRS is there for a reason. In the Marsh incident, the right decision was made, albeit for the wrong reason.
It is very difficult to know and you've got to trust the technology, it is there for a reason and I think it has been brilliant, it has helped a lot of right decisions to be made. It just needs to be clarified.
If there is a spike on Snicko and there is nothing on Hot Spot or there is no Hot Spot, are they sure that means it is an edge? I don't think it does, they may have flicked the pad or done something completely different.
They need to have one system across the world, whether that is Snicko and Hot Spot, whatever they use that needs to be consistent. For example, in tennis they use Hawk-Eye for the ball-tracking and everybody knows where they stand, it should be the same in cricket.
There have been a couple of incidents in this series where it seems that the third umpire has rushed the decision and I think that comes because there was one decision that took and I think they are trying to avoid that. I don't think you can rush these things, though.
You've also got to look with the naked eye sometimes, the technology is there but sometimes you can see that a batsman has not hit the ball, he's hit his pad and that if Snicko shows a spike that might be what it is.
They need to take their time and make the right decision while also being brave to make that decision without pondering on it for too long.
The right decision was made when Mason Crane wanted Usman Khawaja lbw, with it proved he had bowled a no-ball. There is no excuse for any bowler, never mind a spin bowler, to be doing that.
I remember getting Jonty Rhodes out off a no-ball early in his innings at Lord's and he went on to get a hundred. It hurts you when you know you've done it. Mason is obviously a very young man but he needs to try and eradicate that as quickly as he can.
I know he's been working with Stuart MacGill, who also had his no-ball problems, and if you look at his action, he is very similar to MacGill in the way his arms go up.
It is easy for people to say - and I keep reading it on social media - that it is 'disgusting' to be bowl no-balls but it happens, it's life. He's not bowling no-balls on purpose. At the same time, he can't be as close as he is consistently.
Some of the time when he stops just before he releases the ball, I think it's because he is worried he is going to step over the line. It is a mental thing as a bowler, once you think you're getting close, you think that if you move your run-up back then you're going to lose your action.
We saw with that Curran to Marsh lbw that when they checked that, nearly the whole foot was behind the line, so it can be done. Crane has to start thinking about that soon rather than later because it can cost you, as we saw today.
It's been a very tough tour for England and it looks like it is going to be a tough last two days.
However, knowing Joe Root as captain and Trevor Bayliss as coach, they'll be saying 'go out there and show off your talent and skills, you're playing for your country'.
Don't worry about the score, worry about the here and now and do what you can not only to help your career but also the England cricket team.
You run in as hard as you can every day as you're being paid to be an England cricketer. International sport is tough but you stick with it, trust your own skills, and stick together as a team.