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DRS process under scrutiny after the Wanderers incident
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DRS process under scrutiny after the Wanderers incident

DRS process was under the spotlight again after a strange incident took place at the Wanderers during the 3rd ODI game between England and South Africa. Temba Bavum was struck on the pads when he failed to pick a googly from Adil Rashid.

He was given out by the on-field umpire Shaun George but he decided to review the decision. Ball-tracking technology showed that the ball would have hit the top of middle-and-leg but as Bavuma was about to leave the field he was stopped by the reserve umpire Allhudien Palekar.

The 3rd Umpire Aleem Dar wanted to confirm whether the ball has hit the bat or not but the error in technology resulted in the unavailability of the ultra-edge. The on-field umpire decision remained the same and Bavuma was not adjudged to have used South Africa’s review.

On the very next ball, Rashid again trapped the new batsman Rassie van der Dussen on the pads and it was given out by Shaun George. Dussen started walking off but he was stopped by the reserve umpire and informed him that South Africa has a review left in their pocket. Rassie straight away took the review and the ball was found to be missing the stumps which forced the on-field decision to be over-turned.

This series of incidents got England’s captain Eoin Morgan involved and he questioned the umpires about South Africa’s availability of reviews. According to the article 3.6.8 of ICC’s ODI playing conditions, “a player’s review can be reinstated if there is an error in the technology following consultation from the ICC technical official.