New Delhi: Kumar Sangakkara has criticised the Decision Review System (DRS) after Jonny Bairstow survived the referral on Day 1 of the third Test between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's.
The Sri Lankan legend took to micro-blogging site Twitter to vent out his anguish, and said it's "High time the ICC got rid of this umpires call."
High time the ICC got rid of this umpires call. If the ball is hitting the stumps it should be out on review regardless of umps decision.
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) June 9, 2016
The third umpire upheld the original decision, against Lanka's LBW appeal, despite the ball tracking system predicting that the ball would have gone on to hit the stumps.
The center of the ball was millimeters outside the line, which ran down the middle of Bairstow's leg stump, and the batsman was given the benefit of the doubt, when on 56.
The wicket-keeper batsman, who was also dropped on 11, went onto make an unbeaten 167 as England fought back from a precarious 84/4 to post 416 in the first innings.
In reponse, Lanka could managed only 288thus giving gifting England a lead of 128 runs.
The current LBW review rule is set to be changed after a recommendation from the ICC's Cricket Committee, and Bairstow would not have survived this appeal had the new rules been in place.
England have already won the three-match Test series after two convincing victories at Headingly and Chester-le-Street.