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'ECB wants DRS in Ind-Eng Test series'

Press Trust Of India
Oct 16, 2012 at 12:24pm IST

London: England and Wales Cricket Board has written to BCCI, asking for the implementation of Decision Review System during England's four-match Test series later this year, though it was not optimistic of the Indian board agreeing to it, a media report said on Wednesday.

India has strongly resisted the use of the DRS because of their senior players' doubts over its accuracy and it was not used when the two teams met in England last summer. A report in the Daily Telegraph said that "the ECB has written to the Indian board, asking for the implementation of the DRS during the Test series [beginning November 15]."

"But insiders at the ECB privately concede that attempts to persuade their Indian counterparts to employ it will be futile ahead of the Test series, which starts in Ahmedabad on November 15. England believes the decision review system benefits their attack, particularly Graeme Swann," said the report.

        ECB wants DRS in Ind-Eng Test series: report

India has strongly resisted the use of the DRS because of their senior players' doubts over its accuracy.

According to the report, England regard the tour of India as important as an Ashes series, a view underlined with the inclusion of three warm-up matches in the itinerary mirroring their last trip to Australia.

Coach Andy Flower acknowledged his team's long break after the English summer last year could have contributed to their poor performances in the Emirates (against Pakistan).

“The itinerary for the India trip shows he is attempting to avoid a repeat of that mistake," said the report.

England will spend three days at a training camp at the ICC's Global Cricket Academy in Dubai before flying to India for their first warm-up match in Mumbai on October 30.

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