Crucial DRS decision goes against England as Alex Carey survives in Ashes Opener

The tension was palpable on Day 5 of the Ashes opener as England desperately sought three more wickets to secure a victory, while Australia aimed to chase down the remaining 70 runs needed for an unlikely win. In a pivotal moment, England lost a crucial Decision Review System (DRS) appeal that could have tilted the match in their favor.

The incident unfolded when England captain Joe Root delivered a flat delivery to Australian batsman Alex Carey. Carey attempted to cut the ball towards the covers but was struck on the pad first. The English fielders immediately appealed for an LBW (Leg Before Wicket) decision, sensing an opportunity to break the partnership and inch closer to victory.


With the uncertainty surrounding the impact and trajectory of the ball, the English team opted to take a DRS review, hoping for a favorable outcome. The review process would determine whether the ball had hit the pads before making contact with the bat, and if it was on a path to hit the stumps.

The television umpire carefully analyzed the replays, considering the angle and trajectory of the ball. The key question was whether the ball had struck the pad before deflecting down the leg side, which would have confirmed an LBW dismissal. After a thorough examination, the decision came in favor of the batsman, Alex Carey.

While the ball had indeed made contact with the pad, it had veered down the leg side, resulting in the on-field umpire’s original not-out decision being upheld. The DRS system, implemented to ensure fairness and accuracy in decision-making, deemed that the ball was not destined to hit the stumps and therefore did not warrant an LBW dismissal.