Steve Smith Single-handedly Slays DRS

Perhaps some may be saying that it was Michael Clarke’s day.  And I guess they would be right – he did lead from the front with yet another wonderful century.  But he has had enough big days.  I say let Steve Smith have a go.  He personally routed the DRS.  He survived both of England’s DRS opportunities and later, when they had nothing left, was given not out on an lbw that surely would have been overturned.  And all he did was almost get out several times, while playing well in between, be lucky enough to be given “not out” three times in a single day and let England (and the umpires) do the rest.

After the first Test of this series, several people, including myself, observed that DRS was becoming a part of tactics.  Also, that the inconsistencies and foibles of DRS were having as much of a negative impact on matches, as the bad umpiring it was supposed to be addressing.  Is it a coincidence that the first day Australia enjoyed the better of these factors, was the first good day they have had in the series?  Oh, and winning the toss might also have helped.

Ironically, the day started out looking like more of the same with the furore over Khawaja’s dismissal.  But I would say it evened out by the end of the day.   I will say for the record, that while England could consider themselves unlucky not to have Smith out, his two DRS referrals were fair enough.  His lbw was “clipping” although it was a healthy “clip” but at least there is some understanding of the rules around Hawkeye and lbw.  Smith could have considered himself unlucky to have been given out to a ball that spun three feet from over the wicket.  And while my cricket instincts tell me that he probably nicked his catch behind, there was no forensic evidence to support it.

Australia also had some luck.  Clarke exactly replayed his leg slip dismissal shot from Lord’s, expect for two things.  One was that the bowler was Swann and more importantly, and incredibly, there was no leg slip.  And when the leg slip was employed, he teased by deflecting a ball just out of reach of leg slip’s hands.  It was given as runs but replays showed there was no bat, so thank goodness that one did not go to hand.

Onwards and upwards for Smith.  The kids has pluck and deserves triple figures.  He plays with enthusiasm and his whole heart, despite being on the fringe for many years.  I think that he does have what it takes to be a Test cricketer and I hope succeeds.

2 thoughts on “Steve Smith Single-handedly Slays DRS

  1. aje, I don’t really disagree about the Smith edge. I thought in real time that there was a nick sound and that the appeal was whole-hearted and unanimous. Perhaps Smith’s elbow clicked. I agree that both hot spot and snicko show no edge. Personally, I trust Snicko more than Hot Spot. I think Hot Spot can miss the really faint edges and players know it. I agree Australia is learning and I think that is a good thing about Clarke. He is confident and humble enough to accept criticism which allows him to learn. I was pleased when he sent Rogers on his way. I think he said to Rogers, “Did you hit it”. Rogers said “no” and was told it was all over then. I stand by my comments that Smith was lucky to be there, given the breaks handed the Aussies thus far. On another day, her would have been given lbw to Swann and it would have stood.

  2. i dare say that the australians have learnt how to ‘play’ the drs over the course of this series, as well. early in the piece, clarke proudly stated that any of his players were free to review if they felt there was any doubt. the consequences have been clear for everybody to see, with ludicrous reviews being used up early in innings and obvious mistakes later in the innings having no recourse. the english have taken a much more objective, and successful, approach, rarely reviewing batting decisions and, when bowling, keeping the main part of the discussion between ‘keeper and captain, where there is (a little) less emotion involved. in this match, australia seems to have changed their ways to reflect the english methods, to much better effect. and conversely, the english seem to have become a little rash – the review that prior called for immediately for smith off the bowling of anderson was never close to being out (sorry to disagree with you, dave). watch prior run in and pretty much bully the review into being without discussing with his captain – very un-english in this series. the only sound in real time was the swoosh of the bat moving through air and snicko confirmed that in showing only a dull sound about a metre after the ball had passed the bat. i thought it was a farcical appeal in real time and everything in the replays confirmed that.

    good to see that the australians are not being as pig headed as they can sometimes be and are learning from their mistakes.

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