Prior backs 'non-neutral' umpires to end Ashes 'horror show'

Sydney, Aug 5 (ANI): England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has said that it hardly matters which country the umpires hail from, and was open to the idea of non-neutral umpires, if right decisions were made in the end, as wrong decisions in the Ashes had so far marred the series and angered fans.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the England wicketkeeper said that the DRS was still the way forward for cricket, but emphasised the system was pointless unless the technology and the people using it could come up with correct calls.

Marais Erasmus, Tony Hill, Kumar Dharmasena and Aleem Dar are the only four international umpires eligible to officiate in the back-to-back Ashes series, with the rest of the ICC panel members either English or Australian, the report said.

The wicketkeeper said that whether the technology needs to be looked or not, he did not know, but for the players, the current system was the biggest frustration.

England were filthy on day four of the Old Trafford Test when they were convinced David Warner nicked Stuart Broad in the 10th over, while Tony Hill turned down their appeals, and when England reviewed, there was no evidence on HotSpot for the decision to be overturned, the report added. (ANI)


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