New Delhi: A supporter of the Decision Review System initially, South Africa coach Mickey Arthur now has "mixed feelings" about the innovation and is keeping his fingers crossed on how it might impact his team's prospect in the Test series against India next month.
"I was always in favour of the UDRS but now that we have seen the system in operation for a decent period of time, I have mixed feelings. Incorrect umpiring decisions can affect the results of matches and also players' careers so I felt that anything that could bring more correct decisions had to be good for the game," Arthur wrote in 'Wisden' magazine.
"It will be interesting to see how the UDRS works in the sub-continent. I suspect there may be more lbws given out on review because height and bounce will rarely be an issue. In the past these decisions would have been given not out because of the turn and perhaps the batsman getting long way forward."
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Arthur admitted to having reservations about the use of Hawkeye, which indicates if the ball would go on to hit or miss the stumps.
"I'm not 100 per cent convinced about the predictive element of Hawk-Eye and I don't think many players are either," he said.
"The system is definitely more good than bad but I do have some misgivings. If Hot Spot and Snicko are used in one series but not another then the system is half-baked," he added.
The two-Test series between India and South Africa starts February 6 in Nagpur.