Umpire Marais Erasmus checks the light at Old Trafford. Photo: AFP
Michael Clarke insists relations between players and umpires are fine, despite the Ashes being marred by repeated controversies with umpiring decisions made on the ground and by the third umpire that have left both captains confused.
While only 94 minutes of play was possible on the last day of the third Test because of rain, there was still time for more uproar concerning the much maligned decision review system.
England's Kevin Pietersen was aggrieved at being dismissed, caught behind, and had some cause for his displeasure given the reviewing technology, Hot Spot, did not show up his alleged edge to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin off the bowling of Peter Siddle. There was an indication of noise on the broadcaster's Snickometer – not one of the third umpire's decision-making devices – but nothing on the infra-red camera.
Pietersen was furious when third umpire Kumar Dharmasena, endorsed Tony Hill's original decision, and appeared to let Hill know just what he thought of it.
Clarke vehemently opposed the umpires' decision to leave the ground for bad light on Sunday, but said players and umpires were still on good terms.
"Relations are fine. I think you always want every decision to go your way – I think it is about respecting the decision – the system is the same for both teams," he said.
There were more questions about the DRS technology, and the regulations governing the umpires' interpretation of it, when England's Jonathan Trott was cleared of an lbw appeal and the subsequent review made by Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris on Monday.
"I have said for a long time that I am a fan of DRS," Clarke said. "I am a fan of technology in our game and there's obviously been a couple of occasions where both teams have been a bit confused, but the one thing I like about it is it is consistent for both teams."
Rival captain Alastair Cook agreed. "I think both sides . . . have been quite confused with some of the decisions. In practice, DRS has worked really well, maybe apart from this series," he said.