Flower fears lbw TV row may hurt England`s No. 1 dream

Last Updated: Jul 27, 2011, 12:43 PM IST

London: England cricket coach Andy Flower feels India`s decision to disallow TV reviews of lbw decisions in the ongoing Test series could hamper England`s chances of achieving the world number one ranking.

At Lord`s on Monday, umpire Billy Bowden rejected lbw appeals by Stuart Broad against Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina but England couldn`t challenge against the decisions due to India`s reservations.

Though England still went on to beat India by a massive 196 runs in the first Test, Flower feels the lack of lbw reviews decisions could cost his side in the long run.

"I`m actually slightly fearful it might hit us quite hard at some point," Flower was quoted as saying in the `Daily Mirror`.

"We almost saw it happen in this Test match.”

"It would have been wrong if the outcome of the game was seriously affected by a couple of those decisions. It`s unsatisfactory the way it is, no doubt about that," he added.

Flower was critical of ICC`s failure to convince India on the use of DRS and said the governing body should deal with the issue more strongly.

"I think the ICC should be stronger in taking a lead on these issues, they`re the world governing body. I don`t think it`s unfair to say they haven`t led on this topic.”

"We all know that it is not going to be 100 per cent, but we also know you get more correct decisions using it."

PTI