Tennis technology advocated by CA chief

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Sydney, Jan 3 (UNI) After the ruckus created by wrong umpiring decision in the second Test, which saw the host wrest the initiative against the visitors, former players and officials have joined in the chrous to endorse the use of more technology to improve the game.

Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland acknowledging the need to use technology conceded a system, similar to the one used in tennis tournaments, could reduce the impact of bad calls, so long as delays were minimised.

''There have been some advances in technology that cricket can continue to explore ... there is also a sense of delay when there is this use of technology,'' the local media quoated Sutherland as saying.

Sutherland said,''I think there is a strong argument on the technological side ... in tennis it works where a player can make only two or three (incorrect) appeals in the course of a match. That may be something that makes people think twice about using the appeals at the right time.'' Sutherland's comments came as umpires, West Indian Steve Bucknor and Englishmen Mark Benson, had another modest time at the office on the second day of the SCG Test.

''I don't mind a little bit more technology, with a referral system of some sort coming in, to help the umpires feel better for the rest of the match,'' he said.

''On day one, if there is a decision that could have too great an impact on a Test, that could be reversed Sutherland said.

Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy believes umpires' mistakes are blown out of proportion compared to those of players, but said greater use of technology could help them to do a better job.

''Umpires do need to uphold some standards, that's what they're appointed for,Healy said adding They travel the world to uphold the same standards of sportsmanship and respect.'' The 43-year-old Heally also wants match referees to enforce greater standards of behaviour after Mike Procter, allowed obvious acts of petulance to go unquestioned, let alone punished.

Even with technology available to umpires to at least check close decisions on stumpings and run-outs, Bucknor refused to use it.

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