Victoria Bitter ODI Series v India

Bailey century reopens DRS debate for India

Tasmania scored match-turning century having survived appeal for gloving first ball down the leg side

Martin Smith, at the WACA Ground

12 January 2016, 09:31 PM

Bailey reopens DRS debate after WACA ton

India's reluctance to accept the Decision Review System in its current form has cost them what would have been a crucial, match-changing wicket against in their loss to Australia at the WACA Ground on Tuesday.

The home side were in trouble at 2-21 in the fifth over chasing 310 for victory when debutant quick Barinder Sran and India's fielders appealed for a leg-side catch from George Bailey's first ball.

A muted appeal from wicketkeeper MS Dhoni may have contributed to the not out decision from umpire Richard Kettleborough, but replays showed a clear deflection from Bailey's glove.

WATCH: Bailey survives after gloving first ball 

But with the Board of Control for Cricket in India firm in their stance against the DRS in its current form, the tourists were not able to challenge the decision and Bailey continued his innings.

And the Tasmanian took full advantage, finishing with 112 and sharing a 242-run stand with captain Steve Smith as Australia chased down the target in the final over. 

"It would have been interesting to have a look at it on DRS, but we're not the team that doesn't want it," Bailey told Wide World of Sports following his fourth ODI century.

WATCH: Bailey chats with Mark Taylor after century

In December, BCCI President Shashank Manohar repeated India's stance that unless DRS became "foolproof", they would continue to refuse to use the technology in bilateral series, despite other nations embracing the system.

Manohar added that the BCCI's objection to DRS only centred around the referral of leg before wicket decisions, not other dismissals.

"The BCCI was never against DRS right from my earlier tenure," he said.

"(The) only issue was with LBW being decided by DRS. For everything else, we accepted but the International Cricket Council told us that either we accept it in full or not. We are not willing to accept it for LBW.

WATCH: George Bailey's century a WACA masterclass

"You shoot it from distance and a parallax develops. Now (an) umpire is imagining the bounce and then a person sitting behind the camera can decide and going to put his imagination in it.

"In 2011, when we had the meeting, the person in charge of DRS was not able to satisfy our queries. So until it is foolproof, we would not accept it."

In June, Test captain Virat Kohli said he was open to discussing the DRS with his teammates to gauge their feelings about the system.

"You have to sit and analyse and ask the bowlers what they feel about it. Ask the batters what they feel about that," Kohli said after their Test against Bangladesh.

"We literally just came into this Test match with very (little) time on hand. So now that we have time, I am sure these discussions will take place."

The DRS has been the centre of controversy at times during the summer, notably during the Adelaide Test against New Zealand when a repreive handed to Australian tail-ender Nathan Lyon - which the ICC later conceded was an error - turned the match in the home side's favour.

WATCH: The full six minutes of Nigel Llong's DRS review

There was confusion, too, during the Hobart Test against the West Indies, when a not out LBW decision was upheld despite the Eagle Eye ball-tracking technology showing a significant portion of the ball to be hitting the stumps.

Quick Single: DRS ruling stumps players, pundits

That ruling was labelled "ridiculous" by Shane Warne on Channel Nine's commentary while former Australia and Netherlands quick Dirk Nannes was equally as confused.

"It just has to be out," Nannes said at the time on ABC Grandstand.

"I trust the technology on this one; I think that's exactly where the ball was going.

"It's the rules that govern the interpretation of whether it's out or not that are incorrect in this one. It was going to smash leg stump."