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Bailey: No change to DRS tactics

UPDATED 19 March, 2013 4:00PM AEST | by Robert Somers

Australia's batsmen will continue to decide for themselves whether to use the Decision Review System (DRS) and won't be pressured to save referrals for certain players or stages of an innings, according to vice-captain George Bailey.

Concerns over the DRS and how it is used were again brought into sharp focus after two umpiring howlers helped put Australia on the ropes at the SCG on Sunday.

Skipper Michael Clarke used his side's only review in Sunday's washed out match against Sri Lanka when he was given out lbw for 20.

Teams are allowed just one unsuccessful review in the 50-over series - so the Aussies were left with no means to challenge the umpire's decisions when Dave Warner (60) and Moises Henriques (3) were incorrectly given their marching orders.

"I don't think a player should feel guilty that he's used the DRS and then an umpire makes a bad decision," one-day vice captain Bailey told reporters in Hobart on Monday.

"I think it's there for the howler and I think the onus is still on the umpires to make the right decision."

There are calls for the DRS to be scrapped in one-day cricket in favour of an arrangement where only the third umpire has the authority to request a replay of doubtful decisions.

That system was trialled in the Ryobi Cup earlier this summer but was abandoned because of player criticism.

But Bailey said it was worth considering at international level where replays were more comprehensive.

"Whether you take it out of the players' hands - that's one option," he said.

"(But) whether you can do it for every single decision and make it unlimited I'm not sure." 

Bailey said the DRS was only controversial when umpires made blatantly wrong decisions.

"I think generally players have a reason if they're going to use it."

"I don't think you want to be seen as a player who is reviewing everything just on the off chance the bowler might have overstepped," he said.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 21 January, 2013 10:02PM AEST

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