'Both the teams need to agree to use DRS'

'Both the teams need to agree to use DRS'

Nathan Lyon said he supported the Decision Review System but maintained that it should be used only if both teams involved agreed to do so. 

 
“Both teams have to agree to use it,” he said on his arrival in Melbourne on Monday. “I know I’m definitely not against DRS. I think it’s good for the game. I don’t have any problem with it but both teams have to agree to use it.”

The off-spinner said the result of the first Test could have gone against them had DRS been in place. At least three decisions went against Indian batsmen at the Adelaide Oval. “It’s going to swing both ways,” Lyon pointed out. “We could have had a different result in Adelaide if we had DRS but in saying that it could have gone our way again,” he added.

While India’s captain MS Dhoni felt the standard of umpiring in the series needed to improve, Lyon defended the officials. “I personally think they’ve done a pretty good job,” Lyon remarked. “I know it’s been quite tough for them, especially in Adelaide. That wicket was a pretty tough wicket. They’ve made some big decisions. Some have gone against India, some have gone against Australia. It’s a tough job to do. It’s something I wouldn’t like to do,” he offered.

There have been quite a few on-field incidents where tempers have flared and emotions have run high between players and Lyon felt some degree of control was needed. “You’re going to have to control your emotions out there,” he said.

“We know in Adelaide some emotions were flying quite high when a couple of decisions weren’t going either way. But that’s Test match cricket. There are enough emotions out there in the middle. We just have to keep patient and keep working hard and not worry about what the umpire says,” said the off-spinner.
 

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