England question review delay

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Steve Davis, Aleem Dar, Stuart Broad & Graeme Swann

Stuart Broad expresses his frustration with South Africa's delay in calling for a review that saw him adjudged leg before

England have confirmed their intention to query South Africa's controversial delay before asking for an lbw review against Stuart Broad.

Aleem Dar's initial not-out ruling was overturned on the International Cricket Council's decision review system - an outcome no-one could dispute, on the evidence available to the third umpire on day three of the first Test at Centurion.

At issue instead, after England had fought back in a record 106-run stand between Graeme Swann and James Anderson to reach 356 and concede a first-innings lead of only 62, was South Africa's slow thought processes - and, more pointedly, if they could have contravened the rules by somehow taking advice from off the field in that time.

"Because of the amount of time that the decision took, we just asked the umpires," Swann explained. "We didn't know out in the middle how much time was allowed.

"But they said they hadn't seen any signal from the dressing room, so the decision has to stand - and when you've seen the replay it was out, so perhaps the review system does work sometimes.

"With TV cameras all round the ground, someone has probably picked up something somewhere. But as far as the guys in the middle and the team are concerned, we're certainly not pointing the finger at South Africa, saying 'you definitely did it'.

"We're just saying that, with the amount of time, there was certainly ample opportunity, maybe, for a message to get out."

Irrespective of whether any misdeeds took place or could ever be proven, Swann for one is convinced the teething problems evident with the DRS must be addressed soon.

"Certainly the system has a few irregularities that need ironing out quickly if it's going to be a lasting method for technology to be used in Test cricket," he claimed.

"We've seen the issues that need sorting in this game. We hope they'll be sorted asap."

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