In an unusual move to support under-fire umpires Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus, the ICC has revealed its umpire assessment for the opening Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.
The thrilling match ended in a 14-run win for England but throughout the match, attention was focussed on the umpires during controversial moments.
None moreso than when Stuart Broad edged a catch behind on day three that was incorrectly given not out, and with Australia having already used their reviews, the decision stood.
Australia used seven reviews incorrectly during the match while England only made one incorrect review and were also unlucky to see Jonathan Trott given out incorrectly due to an error in the application of HotSpot, one of the technologies used to help third umpires.
During the match, the umpires made 72 decisions (well above the average of 49), attaining a success rate of 90.3 percent, which when DRS was applied, rose to 95.8.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “The umpires did a good job under difficult conditions. This reflects the caliber 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.
“While the ICC has complete faith in the ability of its umpires, our confidence in technology is also strengthened by the fact that there was an increase in the number of correct decisions in the Trent Bridge Test through the use of the DRS.
“Technology was introduced with the objective of eradicating the obvious umpiring errors, and to get as many correct decisions as possible. If it can help increase the correct decisions by 5.5 per cent, then it is a good outcome, but we must continue to strive to improve umpiring and the performance of the DRS.”
© Cricket World 2013