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Unlike England who were judicious in using their reviews, the Aussies went for it too early in the innings and were left with none when it was needed the most © Getty Images

Nottingham: Jul 14, 2013

Australia skipper Michael Clarke refused to blame poor use of Decision review System (DRS) for the precarious position his team is in at the end of the fourth day of the first Ashes Test.

“I’ve said to our team that if you feel you’re not out, then back your judgment. If the review doesn’t go your way we move on. I was given out and had another look when I came in the change room and there was a little spot there on HotSpot. That’s the way it goes. That’s how the review system operates,” Clarke was quoted as saying by Australian Associated Press.

While umpire Aleem Dar made an error of giving Stuart Broad not out, the use of DRS by Clarke’s team further accounted for their frustration. Unlike England who were judicious in using their reviews, the Aussies went for it without much success.

The Australian skipper said that the issue arising out of DRS is not an excuse for their performance. “It’s the same for both teams. We have no excuses at the moment. I’m certainly not going to use DRS as one,” added Clarke.

Clarke hoped that Ashton Agar who sizzled in the first innings will stick along and take Australia home. “I’m still really confident that the way Ash played in the first innings, if he can go out and play with the same freedom and confidence, and the experience of Bradd Haddin and other batters that are left to come… we have a chance to win this Test match.”