Furore erupts over optical illusion DRS controversy in Ashes David Warner was given not out. Photo: Kayo.


Cricket commentators around the world are all seeing something different in the slow-motion replay that had England furious.

The cricket world has been left divided by a DRS call in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide that allowed David Warner to survive.

Warner was trapped at the striker’s end under fire from England’s new-ball attack, but stubbornly held his nerve to get off to the slowest start in his entire test career.

Warner only got off strike on the 20th ball of his innings, but reached the end of the session 20 not out.

With Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson troubling Warner on almost every delivery, captain Joe Root had clearly had enough of Warner sticking around and challenged a not-out umpire’s call following an appeal for LBW off the bowling of Chris Woakes.

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Video umpire Paul Reiffel started his review while re-watching footage of how the Kookaburra travelled past Warner’s front-foot defensive prod.

Cricket commentators have been left divided about what actually transpired as the ball skidded past Warner’s bat before it banged into the knee-roll on the opening batter’s pads.

Reiffel watched every available camera angle, hot-spot and snicko and came to the conclusion that the evidence was inconclusive and not enough for him to overturn the decision made by the umpires on the field.

It turned out to be the correct call because just seconds later, Fox Cricket showed replays of Woakes’ delivery pitching outside the leg-stump, making the rest of the DRS null and void.

However, the fascinating vision of the ball tracking through to Warner’s pads has still created a furore — even though the correct decision was returned.

Some cricket commentators posted on Twitter the ball had moved past Warner’s inside edge with clear space visible between his bat and the ball. There was also a small mark on Warner’s inside edge when the hot-spot vision was shown.

However, others are adamant Warner got a piece of bat on the ball.

Popular Fox Sports commentator Brenton Speed called it a version of the famous “The Dress” optical illusion photograph that went viral in 2015 after it caused viewers to see different colour schemes in the same photo.

It has led to further criticism of the DRS and its use in test cricket after the system broke down in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Cricket correspondent Rory Dollard posted on Twitter: “Big stink about the DRS tech going down in Brisbane. Turns out even when they have it they can’t use it correctly”.

Veteran cricket scribe Daniel Brettig wrote: “That was absolutely pad first. Pitching outside leg sure, but not really the point”.

Cricket stats man Rohit Sankar wrote: “Poor from the TV umpire, but decision turned out to be the right one based on evidence he didn’t even check”.

Former ICC umpire Simon Taufel said on Channel 7 he was very comfortable with the decision returned by Reiffel, regardless of whether the ball landed outside leg stump or not.

“What the third umpire is looking for of course is conclusive evidence to say that the on-field umpire has got that decision wrong and Paul Reiffel has looked at every angle and for me, if you take more time to look through everything available, and you still can’t make up your mind, then that tells you it’s got to be inconclusive,” he said.

“Very happy on that occasion for the on-field umpire’s decision to stand.”

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