Friday 2 August 2013 

Talking Point - Umpiring Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Matthew Prior gestures as an umpiring decision goes against England at Old Trafford
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After another enthralling day's Ashes cricket at Old Trafford was overshadowed by umpiring decisions, is it time to abandon the policy of neutral umpires in Test cricket?

The make-up of the current Elite Panel is predominantly English and Australian meaning just four umpires - Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmua, Tony Hill - are available to stand in the five Tests.

Unfortunately, the series has been dogged by controversy surrounding the Decision Review System, on-field errors and the teams themselves not using the system particularly well on occasion.

And yesterday saw Usman Khawaja given out caught behind when the ball was well clear of his bat. What caused the uproar on Twitter, talk shows and elsewhere was not that the had been erroneously given out, but that the decision was then upheld when reviewed.

That led even Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland to call for clarification on how the decision was reached.

We all know that we would rather be reflecting on Michael Clarke's superb century and Australia's renewed competitiveness, but other things have taken centre stage.

We want to know your thoughts. Is it time (logistics permitting) to allow umpires to stand in their own country? Is the DRS partly at fault? And was Khawaja's dismissal, as Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd tweeted, the worst decision you've ever seen?

Let us know in the comments below.

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