First Ashes Test comes alive with two referrals within the space of a few minutes.
Again the DRS is back into the game.
The much-maligned system played its part in the afternoon session at Trent Bridge with Shane Watson and potentially Chris Rogers being given out via the video replay.
The first ball after the drinks break did the trick for the home side with Stuart Broad striking Watson on the pads, with the Australian all-rounder electing to review it straight away.
However, the Hot Spot angle from square-leg showed no sign of an inside edge with the angle of the ball going to the umpire’s call, after it showed it just hitting the leg stump by the barest of margin.
In what was a blow for the Australian’s Watson departed for 46 and Australia went to 84-1 bringing in
Ed Cowan, who was dismissed for a golden duck in the first innings.
However, he survived the first ball to avoid the indignity of a king pair.
Graeme Swann then got into the act as Rogers looked to be caught behind off a slow and sharp-turning ball.
On replay, the ball missed the outside edge of the bat before hitting his back pad, which was outside of the off-stump with the DRS signalling he was correct as he stayed in.
After Watson was dismissed just minutes earlier it was a crucial call for the Rogers to make with the Australian opener being rewarded for his courage, as he could have used up another review.
Again the confusing nature of the technology caused a mini-storm on social media.
Surely Prior must have known there was no edge despite the raucous appeal.
— glenn mitchell (@MitchellGlenn) July 13, 2013
DRS how we love/hate you. Mainly hate, actually.
— Heath Kelly (@HeathKellyDT) July 13, 2013
— Warren Smith (@WarrenSmithFOX) July 13, 2013