ICC admits umpires made seven errors during first Ashes Test

Kumar Dharmasena and Aleem DarKumar Dharmasena and Aleem Dar leave the field after the third day of the first Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England, July 12, 2013. (REUTERS)

The ICC today admitted that the umpires made seven errors during the first Ashes Test between Australia and England of which four were rectified using the Decision Review System, which has ignited a fresh debate on the technology.

The three decisions that were marked as uncorrected errors included one against Jonathan Trott when a correct LBW decision was overturned. The other involved Stuart Broad (catch at slip and LBW not offering a shot) but these could not be corrected as Australia had no reviews available, the ICC said in its assessment of umpires and analysis of the DRS.

England had won the first Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham by 14 runs.

The ICC said the umpires made a total of 72 decisions, which is well above the average (49) for a DRS Test match.

"The umpiring team was assessed to have made seven errors during the match, out of which three were uncorrected decisions and four decisions were corrected using the DRS," the ICC said in the statement.

"As such, the correct decision percentage before reviews stood at 90.3 per cent but climbed to 95.8 per cent as a result of the use of the DRS. This represented an increase of 5.5 per cent in correct decisions, which was the average increase from DRS Test matches in 2012-13.

"When coupled with the conditions, with reverse swing and spin playing an important role, and the added intensity of the first Ashes Test, it was a difficult match to umpire," the statement said.

Reflecting on the assessment, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said, "The umpires did a good job under difficult conditions. This reflects the calibre of umpires Dar, Dharmasena and Erasmus who have consistently performed at a high level. However, like the players, umpires can also have good and bad days but we all know that the umpire's decision, right or wrong, is final and must be accepted.

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