27 Dec 2011

Chappell backs cricket's review system

7:02 pm on 27 December 2011

Australian cricketing great and former India coach Greg Chappell believes technology should be used to help umpires in all international series, not just at the whim of competing nations.

But Cricket Australia believes technology across the cricket-playing world needs to catch up with what's available in Australia to make that happen.

Chappell's comments came after the absence of the decision review system ) for the Australia-India four-Test series cost Australia's Mike Hussey and Ed Cowan their wickets on Monday's opening day at the MCG.

All Test-playing nations other than India have embraced its use, and Chappell is backing Cowan's call for the decision on whether to use the system to be taken out of India's hands.

The International Cricket Council ruled at its annual conference in June that DRS be used in all Test and one-day international series - but that policy lasted less than four months, before being overturned at a board meeting in October.

That's despite ICC figures showing the proportion of correct decisions in Tests when DRS is used is 97 per cent, compared to 92 per cent without it.

Chappell blamed the reversal of the policy on India's stranglehold on power.