Bumble in the desert: Saved by a snick as Strauss and Co mull over technology doubts
Everybody got hot under the collar about the DRS and you have to accept that the technology is not 100 per cent. Andrew Strauss took 10 seconds to decide to review his, so he wasn't sure. HotSpot was inconclusive but there was a big noise. That's what TV umpire Steve Davis went on.
Gone: Strauss was controversially dismissed in England's second innings
A Saeed of doubt
The Saeed Ajmal dismissal was different. That was nothing to do with DRS, simply an error by the umpire for me. He was given caught but it seemed to come off his pad. Ajmal reviewed it immediately but HotSpot was a frame out. The TV umpire couldn't be sure so it stays with the on-field call.
Man of the moment: Ajmal caused England all sorts of problems during the first Test
And no, I was never out
Let's be fair, batsmen are never out! I was never out in 20 years! Even if you knock all three poles out the batsman says it was a no ball. David Steele was once bowled and said it was the wind. Bill Alley told him to be careful it didn't blow his cap off as he walked back to the pavilion
Day Lamb got the chop
Get on with the game: Umpires will make mistakes
When I was an umpire the incomparable Ray Julian, who was standing with me in a game, said: 'Mr Lloyd, look who's coming in to bat now, it's Mr Allan Lamb. I bet I get him before you do.' Sure enough he gave him lbw and shouted: 'I told you Mr Lloyd.'
Umps love reviews…
I should declare an interest. I am one of the selectors of the ICC's panel of elite umpires along with Venkat, David Richardson and Ranjan Madugalle. I can tell you the umpires are very comfortable with the DRS and it means more decisions are correct. Mistakes still get made. In true Lloyd style – get on with the game!
But just have the one
A potential solution to the confusion currently being debated is that there should be only one review per team, so the players would have to think really carefully before using it. That would take tactical use out and would return the DRS to its original aim – that it should cut out the howlers…
Hail Captain Calm
Drubbed. Taken to the cleaners and hung out to dry. Thoroughly outplayed by a very methodical Pakistan. Captain Misbah ul-Haq has a calmness which belies this volatile nation. As the forthright Michael Henderson once said: 'Pull your socks up England. This simply will not do.'