Arthur approves of referral system

2009-12-29 00:00

FAR from lamenting just about every decision going against them, Proteas coach Mickey Arthur has given his approval to the increasingly influential referral system being used in Test cricket.

Speaking after a draining day for his charges, Arthur explained that the third umpire has a lot more information than even viewers at home can see.

“I went in there to have a look at what they have at their disposal, and people must realise that their decisions are based on a lot of additional information that is not available to everyone else.

“So, as I said before, we are happy with the system because it is giving us the correct decisions. That is all we ever asked for, anyway.”

England’s hero yesterday, Alastair Cook, also supported the benefit of technology, which was not surprising after he used it to continue his vigil when wrongly given out on 65.

“Yeah, it obviously helps the game and we are happy with it,” he said.

Cook also revealed that Kevin Pietersen had the cheek to ask if his stonewall lbw decision warranted a referral, but the opener had to tell KP that he looked pretty plumb from the non-striker’s end!

“It makes it quite difficult being at the other end now, because you have to give an opinion on these things,” a joking Cook added.

“I was just hoping that he wouldn’t call for it as he walked off, because that would have been a bit of a waste!”

South African coach Arthur also gave his view on the struggling Makhaya Ntini, saying the Warriors speedster had been much improved yesterday.

“I thought he came back strongly, his pace was up and so were his energy levels. It’s funny, because he has always struggled when coming from the City End. Even against Australia last time out, he struggled to find any rhythm from that end. But [yesterday] he was much better, and it was encouraging to see.”

He did, though, add that the selectors would reconsider the make-up of the side ahead of the Cape Town Test.

The bowling attack will be under the most scrutiny, and it seems that Ntini’s form is a concern.

That will concern the Proteas, but for now they need to find a way to skittle the English tail before the game tourists mount too big a lead.

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