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Ashes 2013: Australian batsmen need to get on top of James Anderson, says Glenn McGrath

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London: Jul 16, 2013

Former Australia pacer Glenn McGrath on Tuesday said that the England bowling attack is heavily dependent on James Anderson and it is important for Australian batsmen to play him well in order to dominate the Ashes Test series.

“It’s (England bowling) an attack heavily based around Jimmy Anderson. Jimmy played a huge part in the game and if they can get on top of him or control him to a degree that will make life a lot easier. He was always going to be the key bowler,” McGrath wrote in the Guardian.

The former Aussie bowler also voiced his support for the Decision Review System (DRS). He said, he would have loved to have the system during his playing days.

Talking about DRS, he said, “I’m a fan. I like it, I like the idea of it and I’d have liked to have had it when I played but not necessarily because it would have meant more wickets – in fact it might actually have saved me a bit of cash.”

“I remember once we were playing Sri Lanka in Cairns and right at the start of the match I thought I had Sanath Jayasuriya out absolutely plumb lbw. The umpire gave it not out. If we’d had DRS, I would’ve gone straight to the captain and said: “That was absolutely dead, he got nowhere near it.” We would have reviewed it and picked up the wicket.”

“Instead I, shall we say, let my frustrations out and I ended up getting fined a quarter of my match fee. The umpire came up to me in the next break in play and apologised for missing it, so in one sense DRS is a way to keep emotions in check when things are a bit fiery.”

However, he expressed his apprehension towards some of the rules with regards to the implementation of the DRS.

“To me there’s only one real issue with the current DRS system — lbw when it’s hitting leg stump. At the moment if the umpire gives it out and the DRS shows the ball hitting any part of the stump, even just nicking the stump, then it’s umpire’s call — out. If the umpire says not out and HawkEye shows the same thing, then it’s umpire’s call – not out. You had a situation where Shane Watson and Chris Rogers were both given out when the ball was just clipping the stump and then Steven Finn given not out when the ball was hitting a lot more of the stump.”

“So I don’t like the umpire’s call element — it creates a grey area and I think it’s causing captains to call for the DRS when they shouldn’t. I’d prefer it if it was clear cut. The way I would have it is that if more than half of the ball is hitting the stump then it’s out — if less than 50% is hitting the stump then it’s not out. It would draw a line in the sand,” McGrath said.

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