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Matt Prior has suggested he would welcome Eng-
land and Australian umpires officiating in Ashes
Tests in an attempt to eradicate the errors that have
marred the Investec Ashes series.
England have become increasingly frustrated by
the unpredictability of the umpiring in the series.
While they are sympathetic to the on-field officials,
understanding that mistakes are inevitable in such
circumstances, they are less phlegmatic about mistakes
after the involvement of the DRS.
The latest controversy concerned an appeal against
David Warner, after England were convinced his
attempted pull shot had resulted in an edge to wick-
etkeeper Prior. Hot Spot, which has looked an increas-
ingly unreliable tool in this series, showed nothing,
but audio replays suggested an edge. The TV umpire
upheld the on-field umpire s decision of not out.
Snickometer, which is not part of the DRS, also
backed up England s case.
It left England "frustrated" in Prior s words, and
while he remains supportive of the DRS in general,
he did suggest the system may require some exam-
ination and expressed a willingness to abandon one
of the founding principles of Test umpiring in recent
years: that of neutrality.
"I honestly don t care where the umpires are from
as long as the right decisions are made," Prior said.
"I think that is the most important thing. You need
to make sure that decisions are correct.
"It doesn t matter if they are Aussies or English
or anybody else; all you want is the right outcome
at the end of the day.
"There was disbelief [when Warner was given not
out] because he hit it. That s why we referred it and
when you are that sure and it is still given not out
it is quite frustrating. That s why there was a bit of
"There wasn t any evidence [from Hot Spot] and
that is frustrating. All you can go on from a referral
point of view was how you see it. Alastair Cook and
I were pretty adamant he had hit it. I think Snicko
shows he did. We were right in referring it, but unfor-
tunately it did not go our way.
"It is pretty frustrating for everyone at the moment,"
he said. "At no time will we ever be critical of an
umpire making the wrong decision on the field.
Everyone makes mistakes in a day. I know more than
anyone: it all happens quickly. Everyone is looking
at me for DRS decisions and it happens quickly.
"I have always said I am a big fan of the DRS. It
works and it is the way forward but once you use
a review you have to then get a decision right. Once
it goes up to the third umpire the decision that comes
out has to be the correct decision. Whether the tech-
nology needs to be looked at or how they use it, I
don t know. But for the players at the moment that
is the biggest frustration."
ESPNcricinfo understands that the possibility of
utilising non-neutral umpires in the Ashes has been
discussed, but that the Australian and English boards
are reluctant to set a precedent that could result in
non-neutral umpires around the world. Instead, the
boards are considering inviting overseas umpires to
officiate in their own domestic cricket with a view
to helping them develop their skills.
At present, only four umpires---Marais Erasmus,
Tony Hill, Kumar Dharmasena and Aleem Dar---are
eligible to stand in Ashes series as the rest on the
ICC s elite panel are from either England or Australia.
Prior open to
MANCHESTER---In the 1990s,
it was Merv Hughes. At the
start of the century, it was
Ricky Ponting. There s no
doubt who the so-called "pan-
tomime villain" is in the Aus-
tralia squad during the current
David Warner expected a hos-
tile reception at Old Trafford
this week in his first start for
Australia since returning from
a suspension for punching Eng-
land s Joe Root in a late-night
bar incident in June.
And he got it.
"I actually liked the trumpeter
playing the Rocky theme song,"
Warner said. "It was actually
entertaining for myself. I had a
"It s not every day you walk
out on the field and get booed.
But you ve got to embrace it."
Warner made only ten in the
first innings of the third test but
was going well on 41 in his sec-
ond innings Sunday when he
hooked Tim Bresnan in the air
toward the boundary. Who was
there to take the diving catch?
Root, of course.
"Yeah, hooked another one
to Rooty," he joked, reviving
memories of his now infamous
altercation with England s baby-
faced opener in an Australia-
themed bar after a Champions
"Out of all the people in the
field, it was quite comical. I ll
probably read about it on Twitter
a bit later."
As Warner made his lonely
walk back to the pavilion, jeers
came from all corners of Old
Trafford. It was a football-type
atmosphere in the usually
refined environs of a test-cricket
He s had to live with it all
match and will probably receive
the same treatment at Durham
next week and the Oval for the
fifth test, if he keeps his place.
"I m not well liked at the
moment but this morning was
quite entertaining down there,"
Warner said. "There were a few
hungover people and a few voic-
es...speaking their minds.
"Obviously it s all my fault,"
he added. "You ve got to
embrace it. Someone does (nor-
mally) get picked out and this
time it s me. I ve got to keep my
head down and focus on what
my task ahead is, and that s
Warner hasn t been far from
the headlines this year.
Memories are still fresh from
Warner s Twitter tirade in May,
sparked by seeing his photo
printed alongside a story about
corruption in the Indian Premier
League. Warner lashed out at
two senior cricket journalists in
an expletive-filled rant, receiving
a fine of 5,750 Australian dol-
He apologised but landed
himself in further trouble a
month later by drunkenly
attacking Root in the early hours
after Australia s 48-run loss to
England in a Champions Tro-
phy group match. He was sus-
pended until the first Ashes test
and fined 11,500 Australian dol-
For now, Warner is just trying
to keep himself out of trouble.
"I m just enjoying being back
in the team. All the misde-
meanors are behind me at the
moment and I m just enjoying
playing cricket," he said.
And Root hasn t passed up
an opportunity to give Warner
a bit of a ribbing during the third
"Yeah, Joey, he said to me:
It s been a long couple of
months, hasn t it? " Warner
recalled. "I just turned around
and had a little smile. I ve got
a long memory, so it s alright."
Warner bats at a nets
session two days before
the start of the third
Ashes series cricket
match against England
at Old Trafford cricket
England. AP PHOTO
Warner revelling in
pantomime villain role
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