Cricket - Australian media unhappy with DRS

Aleem Dar and Ed Cowan found themselves in the firing line on Monday as Australia's media reacted to the gut-wrenching 14-run defeat in the first Ashes Test.

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Aleem Dar, pictured, has come in for criticism for giving Stuart Broad not out when he was caught by Michael Clarke

A thrilling five days at Trent Bridge saw Australia take the initiative on day one only to collapse before debutant Ashton Agar scored a record-breaking 98 from number 11 to hand the tourists a first-innings lead.

Ian Bell's sublime century in the second innings helped England set Australia a mighty target but they got within 15 runs of reaching it before Brad Haddin feathered the faintest of inside edges off James Anderson into the gloves of Matt Prior.

That decision went to DRS and, although it was the correct one, the referral system had caused controversy earlier in the match with decisions involving Jonathan Trott and Agar both proving contentious.

It was Dar's decision not to give Stuart Broad out when he clearly edged to slip in the second-innings which most enraged fans Down Under though and the Sydney Morning Herald felt it was typical that the English had got their own way.

"The definition of hell: waking up in the early hours of Monday morning, curled in the foetal position on the lounge and shivering from the cold, to giddy English cricketers prancing about and hugging each other like they've just won Powerball," it said.

"If this is how the next five weeks of Ashes cricket will be, with Australia bravely coming so close to victory in spite of itself, tough times are ahead.

"Of course it was going to come down to a DRS decision. Of course it was going to come off a half-hearted appeal from both English bowler and keeper. Of course it was going to be an inside edge about as thick as a Tally Ho paper. Of course there was going to be infinite doubt about whether it was out. Of course the decision would go against Australia.

"Technology has been introduced to a range of sports to avoid The Howler, but this match has illuminated the simple fact that it often unearths more problems and riddles than it solves.

"Then there is Aleem Dar. His performance in the past five days was so telling it would not surprise if Wills and Kate name their first born after him."

While Agar, Haddin and Peter Siddle all came out of the game with credit the same could not be said for Cowan who recorded a duck and 14 during his first Test at number three.

Under the headline "Ed Cowan left on edge as axe hovers", The Australian made it clear that the 31-year-old could easily be the fall-guy ahead of Thursday's second Test at Lord's.

"Now the anxious wait begins for Ed Cowan to see what price he will pay, if any, for the two windy cover drives that cost him his wicket at critical moments in both innings of the first Ashes Test," it said.

"For the first time in his brief 18-Test career, Cowan played not as an opener at Trent Bridge but in the No 3 position historically reserved for Australia's best batsman. Clearly that's not the case in the current circumstances, as Michael Clarke is indisputably the best batsman in the side. But it was the Australia captain who, on being given the starting XI by the selectors, allocated him that position."

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