India close to accepting DRS in test matches

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The Evening Standard are reporting that India are near to using the DRS technology in their test matches.

India are the only country not to accept the technology after it was introduced by the ICC

The Decision Review System

The Decision Review system was first tested in a match between India and Sri Lanka in 2008. It was then officially launched in a test match between New Zealand and Pakistan in Dunedin and it made its One Day International debut in a series between England and Australia.

DRS allows a team to review a decision made by the umpire that they disagree with. If the umpire has got the decision wrong, then the decision is overturned and the team keep their review.

However if the team ask for a review and the call from the umpire was right, the team lose the review. A team has a total of two DRS reviews per innings. The technology has three main parts - Hawkeye, Hot Spot and Snickometer.

The Hawkeye is used for LBW decisions, to check whether the ball pitched outside the line and whether it will have gone on to hit the stumps. Hot Spot is used the check whether there has been contact between bat and ball for decisions on catches.

Snickomemter uses microphones to determine whether the ball has hit the bat or the pad.

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England's frustration over lack of DRS

It seems that England have been at a disadvantage through the decision by India not the use the DRS. In the third test no more than six calls went in India's favour because England were not allowed to use DRS to get them overturned.

One player that will be feeling especially hard done by is England's Gary Ballance. In both innings during the test match in Southampton he was wrongly given out in both innings, but had to accept the decision and had to walk.

Despite still scoring 156 in the first innings, it was a shame to see Ballance's great innings come to an end after a wrong decision and despite scoring a big score, he will rue the opportunity he could have had if he could have used DRS. 

The Evening Standard have reported Rahul Dravid as saying: "They’re getting there... I have a feeling there have been some discussions around the DRS."

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