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Nasser Hussain terms Joe Root's use of DRS a 'mess'

Hussain says that England can't afford to get them all wrong.

By Nilabh Aole -

Root exhausted his reviews pretty early at Trent Bridge | Getty

The Decision Review System (DRS) has always been one of the most talked about controversies in cricketing fraternity. It has again created a problem for England’s test skipper Joe Root during the ongoing second England-South Africa Test of the four-Test series.

England used all their reviews by the 24th over in the first innings while bowling and Root had a tough time in the second too. The first was an LBW shout against opener Heino Kuhn and then failed to refer Amla’s outside edge when the right-hander was on just 25 in the 28th over.

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Former England captain Nasser Hussain was not pleased with Root’s use of the DRS and termed it as “absolute chaos”. In his column for Daily Mail, Hussain wrote, “One of the things Joe Root has to sort out quickly is England’s use of the Decision Review System. It’s all a bit of a mess — and, like it or not, it’s now a crucial part of captaining a Test team. To an extent, I can understand why things look a bit disorganized right now. It’s a combination of having a new captain and some pretty emotional bowlers, as we saw when Stokes persuaded Root to use up a review against Hashim Amla on the first morning.”

He further added, “At the moment, people are charging around and Root is getting sucked into it all. Part of the reason they failed to review Amla’s nick off Stuart Broad when he was on 25 was that they’d wasted one the previous evening when Jimmy Anderson was bowling (to Kuhn). England needs to sit down and agree to a protocol. They can’t afford to keep getting these things wrong.”

However, England pacer  James Anderson, who played his part in convincing Root for Kuhn review said DRS remains “tricky”. He said, “You’ve got 15 seconds, you’ve got to try and communicate as quickly as possible and you need a system to it. We’re going to have to come up with something pretty quickly to try and get this thing right.”

Even English all-rounder Moeen Ali had a different take on the DRS issue as he said, “It is tough and a couple of them we were desperately trying to get wickets and they were quite close, although the Stokesy one (against Amla where a clear inside edge ruled out lbw) was ridiculous. I told him that. Rooty is new to it and it will take him time to go to the right people.”


Nilabh Aole

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