Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood says reducing the number of unsuccessful reviews to just one for each team as part of the Decision Review System (DRS) would have a better impact on Test cricket.
Hazlewood feels one review would mean that teams would use it only when they are certain that a wrong decision has been made by the umpire. This is a discussion that has been going on for a long time and many fans and experts have polar opinions.
Some feel that the umpire has the right to give the decision and players must accept it. While many also feel players should be given the chance to challenge the decision on the field.
“I’d review them all day if I could but to have a better impact on the game, I think one might work better. If you just had one each per innings then people would use it totally differently,” Hazlewood states.
“I think umpires can fall into a trap of umpiring a little bit differently depending on who’s got reviews left and how many they’ve got.
“They’ve got to umpire based on nothing there as well, but if you just had one each you’d save it, you wouldn’t use it early unless you were positive and that’s what it’s there for, that howler.”
Hazlewood said after the Lord’s Test, the Australians formulates a plan to review a decision in the field. He made quite a few remarks on the following incident.
“After that game we sat down and said, ‘Let’s put a process in place’. At least we had something to fall back on if we don’t know. That was the bowler and the wicketkeeper and someone from side on comes in and we have a quick discussion why wasn’t given out,” he states.
“That’s why the square fielder comes in to say, ‘The height looked good from my angle’. The keeper (Paine) has a say, and he’s obviously the captain as well, so that helps, and we make a quick call then and at least we have a process now we go through.
“If we get them wrong, we get them wrong, but hopefully it goes in our favor. It’s not there for the 50-50 calls but when you’re in the heat of the battle, you just want to get that wicket and you think it’s out at the time.”