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@Avalon: Okay, I have a better idea. No reviews by players. The TV umpire should overturn any incorrect decisions made by the on-field umpire. Even if one or two balls are bowled before the decision is overturned, the game could be "rewinded" without much loss of time. In fact, that would actually save a lot of time on average, because no time would be lost on decisions that are not overturned.
@155 overseasbrit: "good lesson" sounds a lot like the England football team losing to Iceland, a country with a population of that of an English village.
@156 overseasbrit: Indians don't need to misuse unlimited DRS to force a close game to a draw. We could just bowl repeated wide deliveries a mile outside the leg stump like England did against India a few years ago.
How about 1 review in a match each for the recognised bowlers and 1 review in a match each for the Recognised Batsmen which they must call for immediately without consultation, and 1 each per match for the Captains on which they can consult the team and the Captain calls for it!, but even if a review overturns decision the review is lost!, and maybe one from the dressing room per match for unseen!
@149. Ganesh_India, the problem with unlimited DRS is that there is a potential for it to be abused and every appeal ends up getting referred, as each referral takes an average of 3 minutes, if there was a review every 4 overs, that's 22 referrals a day, which is 66 minutes, or 1 hours of play lost, at every 6 overs that's 45 minutes lost. or the best part of a session.
How come Woakes only bowled 14 overs in the whole of the match. He had the best runs to balls ratio. Was he injured?
Do people not realise how good a player Cook is ? Just look at his record, there is a reason he played 130 odd Tests.
@149 There is a good reason for not having unlimited DRS. Knowing the Indians, they would use and abuse it every ball of the over to force a close game to a draw.
England really needs to improve their batting if they are to beat the arrogant Indians on their doctored pitches. I hope they are working hard at it!! 2012 visit was good lesson for the Indians, but sadly KP is missing and Cook is out of touch!!
Us Brits love to be over critical and less very subjective.There are no longer walk over teams, the standard is better than ever.Taking into account the players availability for several reasons we are aware of and dare I say the opposition, this was the time to make do and blood other players. Better now than later this winter.I thought overall the team did well and showed great spirit.
The team for second test must include Hameed and Ansari instead of Ballance and Batty. They need to blood Hameed as an opener before India and they need left arm spin option instead of two off break bowlers.
Well done England. Arguments rage below,I see, but we've been treated to a greatTest match and England have won when it could so easily have gone the other way. - I'm pretty well happy with that, although I expect the Tigers to come back at us snarling. - Bring 'em on!
At least there was a result.
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