Perth Scorchers captain Ashton Turner admits it’s hard not to buy into the DRS debate after being on the receiving end of an umpiring ‘howler’ on Tuesday night.
Turner and his teammates were baffled after seamer Andrew Tye was denied the wicket of Usman Khawaja despite what appeared to be a significant outside edge.
But despite growing calls for the review technology to be introduced, he concedes the decision is out of their hands.
“As a player you’re a bit of a puppet at times, you just do as your told but on the back of a pretty frustrating couple minutes on Tuesday night it’s easy for me to say we’d love the DRS,” Turner said on The Fast and The Curious podcast.
“It’s frustrating when you’re on the receiving end, I’m sure if I was the one that got nicked and didn’t get given out I’d be happy with no DRS.
“So we sort of roll with the punches and trust the umpires are doing everything in their control to make the best decision possible.”
It’s not the first time the Scorchers have been unlucky this season, with Mitch Marsh adjudged out leg before wicket against the Melbourne Stars.
Replays showed the ball was missing the stumps by a significant margin.
Former Test quick Mitchell Johnson admitted the wrong decisions have the potential to hamper players’ returns to higher honours.
“It’s such a tricky one as well because these guys that are playing in this Big Bash, this is the only way to get back into a Test team as well,” Johnson said.
“There’s no other format of the game being played at the moment so as funny as it sounds, it’s T20 cricket, but it’s their launchpad and they’re still being watched here and may get a selection because of it, but if they keep getting decisions that are awful it has an effect on their careers.”