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So technically the English claim to have won a test. They didn’t. The test was decided by the absolute failure of the DRS system, and the world of cricket was robbed forever of what would have been a fairytale finish, the stuff of legends.

Instead of being inspired by the thought that it can be done, no matter what the odds, young boys will be tainted by the win-at-all-costs cynicism of English professional cricket.

The test will be remembered forever for the disgraceful behaviour of Stuart Broad, who was publicly revealed to be playing the system and not the game, and the disgraceful failure to condemn his behaviour by the English cricket establishment who once made the phrase ‘it’s not cricket’ synonymous with concepts of fair play and honourable behaviour.

The whole world had no doubt that Stuart Broad was out; the whole world knows that Brad Haddin was given out on the most tenuous of evidence, the interpretation of which stretched the technology well beyond its scientific tolerances.

The faint light of the ‘hot spot’ could have come from anything, and the sound not loud enough to be heard by the onfield umpire once again could have come from anywhere or anything.

The accepted standard for behaviour in these circumstances is that the batsman gets the benefit of the doubt.

Brad Haddin was certainly not given that courtesy. Remember that the ‘snicko’ evidence was not available to the reviewing referee. It smells of hometown decisions, the very ‘howlers’ that the DRS was supposed to eliminate.

The process has very publicly failed. Given the smug acceptance of the demise of the game’s ethos by the English team, David Warner should, perhaps, be condemned for not finishing the job and working his way down the entire English batting order.

 

 


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