NEW DELHI: Australia opener David Warner is “annoyed” and “frustrated” with the DRS decision that went against him in his team’s World Cup match against Sri Lanka and has reportedly called for more “accountability” in the system.
Warner was caught behind by Sri Lankan pacer Dilshan Madushanka in the game, which Australia won by five wickets on Monday in Lucknow. The DRS decision favored the on-field umpire who had initially thrown out the left-hander notwithstanding the left-hander’s request for review.
The southpaw, on 11, stormed off the field in a huff. He was spotted slamming his bat against his pad before turning around and walking away while shouting at the wicket.
Warner stated that he desired more openness on the DRS decision-making process.
“I’ve never had Hawk-Eye come in and explain to us how the technology actually works, it’s just for the TV,” the 36-year-old was quoted as saying by ‘cricket.com.au’ after Australia’s five-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Monday.
“If they could come in and explain to us how it works, then sometimes we might (choose) not to refer or to refer.”
Warner reportedly said, after requesting the review, that the ball-tracking did not correspond with what he saw on the ground’s replay screen.
“I asked Joel (field umpire) when I was out there just what happened, why did he give it out. He said the ball was swinging back so to his credit, if he thinks that then that’s why he’s given a decision.
“(The ball) kept low and normally when something hits me on the leg on the outside, I know it’s pretty much going down leg. So he (Wilson) said it was swinging back, (but) from my perspective on the replay, it wasn’t,” he said.
“When you see the replay of how it unfolded you get a little bit annoyed, (but) that’s out of our control.”
Warner also felt, according to the report, that ball-tracking verdicts were “taking a lot longer than what it would be in Australia”.
The Decision Review System was introduced in 2008, ahead of Warner’s international debut in 2009.
“At the moment, we seem to be waiting for (ball-tracking),” said Warner.
“And as a player you get more frustrated because you think: ‘did they line it up, what’s the impact points, how many impact points are there before it goes on’.
“In England, the ball bounces and it actually moves once it’s bounced, not just off the seam but in the air it can move, so there’s just little things that as a player you get frustrated because there’s no explanation … but there has to be some accountability.”
The ICC has not announced any sanction for Warner’s outburst but he insisted his furious reaction was due to his frustration with the technology.
“I just sprayed out loud in frustration pretty much just (to) myself,” said Warner.
(With PTI inputs)

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