Matthew Hoggard backs umpire Aleem Dar over Stuart Broad controversy

Last Updated: 13/07/13 4:41pm

  • Share:

Sky Bet

Matthew Hoggard has told Sky Sports News any further use of television replays would risk turning on-field umpires into "computer screens".

The Decision Review System is back in the spotlight in the wake of Aleem Dar's failure to dismiss Stuart Broad on the third evening of the first Ashes Test.

Replays clearly showed Broad had nicked Ashton Agar to slip via wicket-keeper Brad Haddin's gloves, but the England batsman stood his ground in the knowledge Australia had used up their two allotted reviews.

And 2005 Ashes winner Hoggard, speaking from Mansfield Hosiery Mills CC where he was promoting the England and Wales Cricket Board's Club Open Days initiative, said: "We talk about the MCC spirit of cricket, but if all batsmen walked when they edged it we wouldn't need umpires.

"You want the umpires to have the chance to be involved. Aleem Dar's a fantastic umpire - he's won umpire of the year three times. It was a blatant nick and unfortunately he made a mistake.

Split second

"It's very easy when you've got replay after replay, slow-mo, hotspot and everything else. The umpire has a split second to judge.

"It came off the keeper's gloves and was caught at slip, so whether he thought it was just a near miss that rebounded off the keeper's gloves to slip, who knows? You'll have to ask Aleem Dar."

Hoggard dismissed the suggestion obvious wrong decisions should be overturned regardless of how many reviews a side has remaining.

He said: "If you're going down that road you don't need reviews, you don't need appeals.

Reviews

"You just say 'right, we're just going to have the TV umpire whispering in the ear saying if it's out or not'. You might as well just have a computer screen as an umpire."

Hoggard also defended Broad's decision not to walk "in the heat of battle" and advised Australia to make better use of their reviews in future.

He said: "The DRS was brought in to eliminate howlers. Seeing how Australia haven't got any reviews left, it means they've used up their DRS reviews on borderline decisions.

"If you kept your reviews to eliminate howlers, you'd have a review left."

  • Share:

Related

Ashes 2013 - first Test

James Anderson: Took 10 wickets in the match

Testing the trade

Sky Bet reflect on the fluctuation of odds throughout the first Ashes Test.

A Broader issue

Why are people talking about Stuart Broad, blogs Bumble, when every batsman does the same?

Australia: appeal for Broad's dismissal - but the England batsman did not walk

A Broader issue

Why are people talking about Stuart Broad, blogs Bumble, when every batsman does the same?

Related Profiles

Poll

Most Popular

Features

Home highlights

Home highlights

The Ringside team looks back at two of the best fights on home soil of 2014, so far...

Shone over the pond

Shone over the pond

The Ringside team picked out three big-time fighters who have shone across the pond so far this season.

City's Hart felt decision

City's Hart felt decision

Trevor Francis says the Champions Cup will provide the first look at Man City's goalkeeping dilemma