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India's DRS trial could be bad news for England's batsmen

There might have been a few concerned England batsmen when news filtered through that the decision review system (DRS) will be in place for their tour of India next month (November 2016).

 

The BCCI, which governs the game in India, has agreed to trial the technology against Alastair Cook's side in the five-match Test series which begins in Rajkot on 9 November. Whatever you think of DRS, which uses different types of technology to determine if a batsman should be given out, it's very good that it's now being standardised.

Everybody should play with it or nobody plays with it. At least now it brings everybody into line to play cricket together under the same regulations. However, on pitches which are bound to suit the spinners - an area where India excel - and wear appreciably over the five days of a Test, I imagine the decision will help the Indians immensely.

       

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Why will DRS make it more difficult for England's batsmen?

Spin bowlers tend to have more success on the turning pitches of the subcontinent, and India have the world's number one bowler - off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin - in their ranks.

England's batsmen must be careful how they play the spinning ball. For instance, you can't just plant your pad and play around the ball because of the risk of getting out lbw.           

That's the challenge for England, and one which they are dealing with in Bangladesh at the moment.

Stats: DRS was first trialled in Test cricket in 2008, a year in which 272 wickets were taken in 45 Tests by spinners in Asia - compared to 376 in 47 matches in 2015. In comparison, seam bowlers took 229 wickets in 2008 in Asia and 237 in 2015

 

Posted on October 20, 2016

 

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