30 Nov 2010

Ponting doesn't like umpire referral system

8:41 am on 30 November 2010

The Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting says having his appeal for a low catch turned down by the third umpire showed the technology was clearly not up to the required standard for an Ashes series.

Ponting says the incident on the fifth day's play in the first Test at the Gabba was a blight on the game.

England opener Alastair Cook, who scored a record-breaking 235 not out, was on 209 when he scooped a catch to mid-wicket which Ponting accepted at ankle height.

Field umpires Aleem Dar of Pakistan and West Indian Billy Doctrove referred the decision to third umpire Tony Hill of New Zealand, who ruled it was not out because the video was unclear.

Ponting was clearly upset by the decision and says the system shouldn't be used in test cricket.

The first test was drawn with the second test starting in Adelaide on Friday.