Graeme Swann scoffs at India’s opposition to Decision Review System
England spinner Graeme Swann feels India’s opposition to the Decision Review System (DRS) in the upcoming Test series could backfire on the world’s number one team.India have rejected the use of DRS for the four-match series starting July 21 at Lord’s, saying the technology is not fool-proof. As per the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) regulations, DRS can be implemented in a bilateral series only after the consent of the two participating boards.Swann reckons the introduction of the technology has helped umpires in their decision making.”A few years ago, not having DRS would have been a blow but what has happened is that umpires are far happier to give lbws out on the front foot,” Swann was quoted as saying by The Mirror.”Umpires have been going back and studying videos and they have learnt from the mistakes of the past and are more willing to give things out.”I think it is a shame we are not going to use it because it is a very positive thing that has been introduced in the game.”I think India do trust the technology. You could make that excuse but I think it’s proved to be pretty accurate. It saves as many batsmen as it sends to the stocks.”I don’t know if it’s a distrust of technology or a bit of kidology ( deception) on their part. If they don’t want to do it, fair enough. Maybe we will get a couple that would have been overturned and it would be quite amusing if that happened,” he said.advertisementTHE UGLY TRIOSwann, while talking about his teammates Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, said he goes off to sleep while seeing England’s top- three batsmen bat.He has no doubt about the batting prowess of his teammates but says wouldn’t pay to watch them as he considers them the ‘ ugliest top- three in the world’. Swann said he would be happy to have the trio in his team but won’t watch them bat. Instead he enjoys the batting of strokemakers Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior and Ian Bell.”I’m not a great watcher of cricket, but when Cook and Trott are batting, my god I struggle to keep my eyes open. I will always watch KP as well but Cook, Strauss and Trott, if there is an uglier top three in the world I don’t know of it,” Swann said.”I adore the fact they love batting and bat all the time but I would happily watch an Ian Bell, or Matt Prior,” he added.Despite not liking the way they bat, Swann said they are an asset to any side and he would happily shell out money to keep them in the team.”But they are amazing and I would not change any of it. I wouldn’t pay to get in and watch them but I’d happily pay their salaries,” he said.