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Dhoni gets support from Aussie captain

Colombo: It seems Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not the only player who has reservations about the use of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS).

The Indian skipper’s views were echoed by Ricky Ponting, on Friday. “There have been different views on the same in the last few days. The main reason for that being the different interpretations by the umpires on what’s right and what’s not,” the Australian captain said.

Dhoni was unhappy with an LBW decision against Ian Bell that went in England’s favour during their match last Sunday. The middle-order batsman was ruled not out by on-field umpire Billy Bowden as well as the third umpire, despite television replays showing that the ball had pitched in line of the stumps.

The decision proved crucial as Bell, who was on 17 when the incident took place, eventually went on to score 69. The match was tantalisingly poised till it finally ended in a thrilling tie.

Ponting believed using the UDRS without the hot spot was the root cause behind all the trouble.

“ The distance where the ball hits and how far it has to travel before it hits the stumps, those sorts of things are vital… At the start of the tournament, when we found out they (the ICC) are using the UDRS without the hot spot, it was a bit of a shock for us. I think the hot spot should be a part of the system,” Ponting insisted.

The Aussie skipper also denied having been briefed about the technicalities of the UDRS by the ICC.

Incidentally, the BCCI had to step in after ICC general manager David Richardson criticised Dhoni for his comments after the Bangalore incident. Ponting, however, doused the flames by adding: “You always have to understand that it is not going to be perfect. But at the end of the day, we will still be getting more correct decisions that will be good for the game.”

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