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Ashes furore: MCC persists with neutral Test umpires

LONDON: The Marylebone Cricket Club has backed neutral umpires in Test matches despite calls for a revamp after the opening Ashes Test was marred by a number of poor decisions.

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LONDON

The Marylebone Cricket Club has backed neutral umpires in Test matches despite calls for a revamp after the opening Ashes Test was marred by a number of poor decisions. As many as 10 decisions by rookie WI umpire Joel Wilson and Pakistan’s Aleem Dar were overturned by the Decision Review System during last week’s Edgbaston Test. There were at least five more errors that went unreviewed. Wilson equalled the record for reversals when eight of his decisions were successfully appealed by the players. But despite the gaffes, MCC insisted that neutral Test umpiring is still the best way forward. “Ricky Ponting mentioned the prospect of bringing back non-neutral umpires and it is something being discussed by the ICC Cricket Committee as well. But the feeling is neutrality still works,” MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson said. 

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