Michael Vaughan Calls Out England for ‘Too Much Moaning’ About DRS Decisions

Published By: Ritayan Basu

Last Updated: February 26, 2024, 15:11 IST

The ball-tracking that ruled Joe Root LBW in Ranchi

The ball-tracking that ruled Joe Root LBW in Ranchi

Michael Vaughan said DRS is not responsible for England’s shortcomings.

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan feels that the Ben Stokes-led side have been ‘moaning’ too much about DRS decisions in the Test series against India. In his column for The Telegraph, Vaughan wrote, “I think England has done a bit too much moaning about it [DRS] in this series”. The ex-cricketer also talked about why the English players felt the decisions were going against them. However, he has opined that the DRS is not responsible for England’s shortcomings. “It [DRS] is not why England are in the situation they find themselves in this game or this series. That is because, just like in Rajkot, on moving day, day three, they let the game slip”.

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Michael Vaughan added that England will have to think about the game thoroughly as to what is going wrong, instead of complaining about the DRS. “They need to think long and hard about why that is happening, and it is really not because of DRS, even if Joe Root is a very important player and his decision today was very marginal,” he added.

Michael Vaughan was referring to Joe Root’s dismissal that had triggered a controversy in the ongoing Test series at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi. In the 17th over of the second innings, Ravichandran Ashwin had made an LBW appeal but umpire Kumara Dharmasena was not convinced. This led to Rohit Sharma opting for a review. Replays showed no involvement of the bat and the ball-tracking confirmed Root’s dismissal. This shocked the English camp who felt that a significant portion of the ball had pitched outside the leg stump.

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To avoid controversies such as these, Michael Vaughan felt like he had an ideal solution. In the same column, he wrote, “Stick a camera and microphone in the truck so as a decision is being made, well know exactly what is going on, and how much humans are involved. And if you stick an ICC official in there as well we would know that the integrity – something we talk so much about in the game – is intact.”

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