Amid continuing controversy over DRS reviews and poor umpiring decisions during this Ashes series, the most surprising decision came when Tim Bresnan decided not to review a caught behind despite the fact that he hadn’t hit the ball.
He came in as night-watchman for Jonathan Trott but played a pretty awful pull shot considering England’s precarious position. The appeals from the men around the bat were slightly muted but the decision still came that Bresnan was out.
He walked down the wicket to ask his captain what to do, and the discussion that ensued seemed to suggest that the Yorkshireman should save a review for the proper batsmen to follow. Replays showed that the ball had actually hit Bresnan’s pad and thus the decision would’ve been changed.
Many people were outraged that the Yorkshire all-rounder hadn’t been allowed to use the review as it meant that Trott had to come out and bat that evening.
But I believe that Bresnan was right to walk because he couldn’t trust the DRS to clear him, and if he had used it but it hadn’t been overturned then a review would’ve been wasted that may have later proved crucial.
I also believe that Bresnan is not the right man to have as night-watchman as he is a proper batsman who will make runs for the team when he’s allowed to bat. Jimmy Anderson should be the first choice as night-watchman as he will only play necessary shots as his repertoire isn’t as full as that of Bresnan.
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