Absence of Hawkeye can prove costly for England: Flower

July 27th, 2011 - 5:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Sachin Tendulkar London, July 27 (IANS) England coach Andy Flower fears the absence of the Hawkeye from the Decision Review System (DRS) could be a major obstacle in their quest to dethrone India from the World No.1 ranking.

India are against the use of DRS but reached an agreement with England for the use of minimum standards of infra-red technology and stump microphones during the four Test series and five One-day internationals.

During the first Test victory at Lord’s, Indian batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina survived plumb lbw decisions off Stuart Broad. Both decisions, given not out, were by Billy Bowden.

Flower was happy the way his men created enough chances to ensure the howlers did not impact the result of the first Test but admitted being wary of an adverse effect in the remainder of the series. England lead the series 1-0 and a win with a margin of two Test or more will leap them ahead of India as the World No. 1 side.

“I am actually slightly fearful it might hit us quite hard at some point,” said Flower. “We almost saw it happen in this Test match.”

“It would have been wrong if the outcome of the game was seriously affected by a couple of those decisions. It’s unsatisfactory the way it is, no doubt about that.”

Flower said that International Cricket Council (ICC) need to come on hard on the issue.

“I think the ICC should be stronger in taking a lead on these issues - they’re the world governing body. I don’t think it’s unfair to say they haven’t led on this topic.”

“We all know that it is not going to be 100 per cent, but we also know you get more correct decisions using it,” Flower said.

“So let’s not quibble about millimetres when we know you get more right than wrong, which is why most Test-playing nations want to use it. But there’s no doubt that it’s unsatisfactory the way it has been in this series.”

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