Flower wants convincing DRS results

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England coach Andy Flower has called for improvement – if the Decision Review System is to negate the heavy criticism endured during the ongoing Ashes series.

England coach Andy Flower has called for improvement – if the Decision Review System is to negate the heavy criticism endured during the ongoing Ashes series.

Prevalent in its inconsistency during the first Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham and second at Lord's in London, the irregularities of the DRS were again highlighted in the third fixture at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Australian batsman Usman Khawaja's controversial dismissal in the first innings and English batsman Kevin Pietersen's questionable departure on the fifth day largely exemplified technology's inability to genuinely disprove the on-field umpires' error.

"Firstly, umpiring is a very tricky business. But I would say there are very clear protocols to use and to stick to, and I think some calm decision-making needs to be made over the next two Tests," said Flower.

"I think there are improvements that can be made. There are improvements in the use of the technology and the use of experts who know how to use the technology that could make a difference to getting better results."

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Host captain Alastair Cook, whose team will travel to the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street in Durham for the commencement of the fourth Test on Friday, remained hopeful the International Cricket Council will soon address the errors.

"I don't know whether it's because it's the Ashes that the cricketing gods have thrown up so much inconclusive evidence, but we're a little bit confused at the moment as to why certain decisions have been overturned and certain decisions haven't been overturned," he added.

"Both sides have been quite confused by some of the decisions that have occurred. I think it's pretty even, but I hope the ICC can iron things out."

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