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David Warner unhappy with hawk-eye technology

David Warner unhappy with hawk-eye technology
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Australian cricketer David Warner has expressed his frustration with umpire decisions and ball-tracking technology following his lbw dismissal in a match against Sri Lanka. Warner, visibly upset after being given out by umpire Joel Wilson, called for greater umpire accountability and the public display of umpires’ individual decision statistics. He argued, “I’d love to see their stats come up on the board as well,” similar to how player statistics are shown.

Warner acknowledged that he doesn’t believe in biased umpiring decisions but stressed the need for more accountability and transparency. He emphasized that umpires should be willing to admit when they’ve made a wrong call, and players should be able to ask questions without fear of backlash. Drawing a parallel to the NRL (National Rugby League) and NFL (National Football League), he argued that showing umpire statistics could help spectators understand the challenges faced by officials.

Regarding ball-tracking technology, Warner criticized Hawk-Eye, the provider of the technology, for not explaining its workings to the players. He pointed out that waiting for ball-tracking results can be frustrating for players and suggested that technology providers should educate cricketers about the system to reduce unnecessary referrals.

Warner’s comments also touched on a warning issued by his teammate, Mitchell Starc, to Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera, who was repeatedly leaving his crease early at the non-striker’s end before the ball was bowled. Warner described this as an example of “ignorance and arrogance” on Perera’s part, emphasizing that if someone is warned, they should heed the warning.

However, it’s worth noting that Australia’s players and coaching staff have had opportunities to learn about the ball-tracking technology and work with ICC umpires on decision-making processes in recent years. While Warner raised concerns about the lack of explanation regarding the technology, it seems that players have been given some exposure to the workings of the system.

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