Adelaide Strikers bowler Danny Briggs has joined a chorus of player pleas for the introduction of DRS to the Big Bash League despite being the beneficiary of an umpiring howler.
Briggs claimed Brisbane Heat’s Tom Cooper lbw in the Strikers’ win at the Gabba on Wednesday night after umpire Tony Wilds gave the batsman out despite a clear edge into his pads.
The decision, which comes on the back of several other recent shockers, led to an outcry from commentators and on social media, with renewed calls for DRS to be introduced.
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Briggs, who finished with 3-20, said he appealed in good faith.
“I thought it hit him on the back knee – which obviously it did but it took a little deflection off the bat,” the English left-arm spinner said.
“It wasn’t until I saw it on the big screen (that I realised what happened).
“Obviously it’s not ideal and I benefited from it but it’s harsh on him but that’s the way it goes.”
The decision though led to Briggs joining an ever-increasing group of players calling for the DRS to be introduced.
“I think when it’s in international cricket it’s got to be something that’s on the way,” he said.
“I think it takes pressure off umpires really, they can afford to get one wrong.
“I know it’s only natural that they do get one wrong and it just shows how hard of a job it is.”
Stand-in Heat captain Jimmy Peirson, who took the reins after Chris Lynn was ruled out with a hamstring injury suffered in the warm-up and almost led Brisbane to an unlikely win with an unbeaten 69 off 36 balls, said the decision was a defining factor in the match.
“(Umpiring) is a hard job, it really is. But there have been a couple (of decisions) in the last two games we’ve seen that have been pretty obvious,” Peirson said.
“And at big moments. If Coops (Cooper) bats through, it’s a different story.
“It’s something that needs to be looked at. It’s a cost to the game but … I would like to see it personally.”
The Heat are sweating on the results of Christmas Eve scans to Lynn’s injured hamstring, with the marquee batsman in doubt for a raft of games over the next fortnight.
Lynn limped from the Gabba late on Wednesday night and seems in severe doubt to play during the Heat’s tranche of Queensland matches.
“Hopefully it’s not as bad as it looked,” Peirson said of Lynn pulling up lame in the warm-up on Wednesday night after striding out to take a catch.
“That’s really a tough one for us, he’s our best batter, he’s our leader, so hopefully we get him back as soon as possible.
“It’s a short tournament really and we need him back as soon as we can.”
But he backed the Heat to fight back from three consecutive losses to start the tournament.
“It’s funny sometimes when your best player goes down you’ve got to make the most of what you’ve got and I believe this team can do that,” Peirson said.
“Obviously we’re going to miss his leadership and what he brings to the table there as well, he’ll be sorely missed.
“But we have to move on, we haven’t got time to dwell. We’ve got five games in quick succession.
“We’ll get ourselves together and regroup.”