Umpires need help to call no balls - David Warner

Umpires need help to call no balls - David Warner
David Warner opined that the umpires must be provided with technological assistance on a regular basis for dealing with the increasing no-ball issue of fast bowlers.
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Australian vice-captain David Warner opined that the umpires must be provided with technological assistance on a regular basis for dealing with the increasing no-ball issue of fast bowlers.

While he heaped praise on the two standing umpires' skills, Warner also stated that they require help from technology in making consistent calls on no balls in Tests.

"I think with today's camera-work ... the third umpire, even if it's a late call, they can say whether that was a no ball," said Warner.

"I'm not saying that the umpires are in the wrong – the bowlers shouldn't be bowling no balls at the end of the day.

"During Test matches it's very difficult because that line (the crease) is worn away during the session.

"So it's quite tough for the umpires to look down and at 150kph you've got 0.4 of a second to react as a batter (so) it's quite hard for an umpire to look down and look up (in time) as well.

"At the end of the day we've all got a tough job."

The recently concluded Ashes series saw many deliveries of the fast bowlers being overstepped that weren't noticed by the umpires.

Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson was one of the many beneficiaries with as many as eight of his overstepped deliveries going unnoticed by the umpires. 

The series has also seen some dismissals being overturned after the third umpire found the bowlers overstepping the bowling crease.

Steven Finn committed the mistake at The Oval which allowed Steven Smith to escape while Mitchell Marsh did the same which let Mark Wood off the hook. 

Dwelling further on the issue, Warner stated that the umpires need to be proactive in keeping the suspected bowlers under check.

"I think if the umpires start calling them a bit more (it will help).

“Through the Test series I think there was probably 30 or 40 no balls missed.

"There obviously has to be something there because if the bowlers are consistently bowling no balls they might not be getting enough feedback.

"The umpires do give them feedback, you do hear them say ‘you're a bit tight, you're tight’ but I feel that the game at the moment, the umpires should definitely keep track of what's happening in front of them.”

The most recent incident regarding the no-ball issue was witnessed on Thursday during the Australia-Ireland One-Day International when Joe Burns got a reprieve after replays confirmed that pacer Craig Young had overstepped.

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