There’s no surprise Mr Harper’s the man at the centre of the fuss, he’s a poor umpire, one of – if not the single - worst I can remember seeing. If as suggested he didn’t give the decision today because he didn’t have the volume turned up then it’s a dereliction of duty that should mean the end of his umpiring career. It’s simply just not good enough.
- I’m not convinced by them yet, but if we’re going to have referrals there needs to be uniformity. Several times on this tour bowling sides have been convinced they’ve had a batsman caught behind, only for it to be all but impossible to give them out on review without snicko or hotspot. The host broadcasters have said they’re not paying for it, but that doesn’t wash. Referrals are an ICC initiative if they want in they’re simply going to have to stump up for it. End of.
- I don’t blame Smith in this one, he’s brilliant in those match / series / career defining moments, and batted superbly. Don’t think for a moment anyone in the England team would have walked in the same scenario.
- One of my biggest problems with the referral system is I think it offers a safety net for umpires, but it makes them weak. It’s easier in tight situations to take the easy way, give the batsman the benefit of the doubt and leave it up to the bowling side to appeal if they’re convinced it’s a stinker. The finality of it means it always looks worse giving a batsman out erroneously than letting him get away with one. Subconsciously or not I think its emaciating umpires.
- On that note, the on field umpire seems to be avoiding all the flack here. He gets the decision right in the first place and the issue ends there.
- I fully back the team England move to officially complain, it was so wrong at such an important time in the series and we need answers, although whatever the outcome of the complaint it isn’t going to change that SA – weather permitting, are now on the brink of levelling the series.