Wellington, Dec 28: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has expressed a lot of caution while addressing the failings of the Decision Review System (DRS), despite his controversial dismissal in Auckland in the first ODI against West Indies.
McCullum was the lone island of middle order resistance with a battling 51 in the hosts’ paltry 156 all out, but he was given out leg-before off West Indian skipper Dwayne Bravo, although he immediately referred the decision to the DRS as he was more than two metres out of his batting crease when the ball struck his pads.
According to Stuff.co.nz, McCullum was so far out of his crease that the DRS camera at square leg could not even pick up where the ball struck although the decision was upheld and the team went on to lose the game by two wickets.
However, the skipper refused to be drawn into a controversial statement on questions about the dismissal, saying that he has a lot of respect for umpires, as it is a very tough job, although he added that the DRS is not that effective and may make an error when a player is three metres down the track.
McCullum’s controversial wicket was not the only DRS decision at Eden Park that has drawn the ire of critics, with West Indian batsman Lendl Simmons being given out after edging the ball to Ross Taylor at first slip off seamer Kyle Mills, the report added. (ANI)