Melbourne: Debutant Australian Opener Ed Cowan on Monday appealed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for mandatory use of the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) following two dubious umpiring decisions during the opening day of the Boxing Day Test against India.

Cowan, who struck a patient 68 in Australia’s Day One score of 277 for six, claimed his and Michael Hussey’s dismissal was doubtful and could have gone in their favour had the technology been used.

“You saw the replay. You saw my reaction,” Cowan said while referring to his dismissal in the 68th over when he was caught behind by Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Ravichandran Ashwin.

“As someone who loves their cricket and who has watched a lot of cricket, I just don’t understand why it can’t be handed down by the ICC (International Cricket Council) to be uniform in all games,” he said about DRS.

“Today momentum went against us because of it (decisions). But that is the game and we will take the good with the bad.”

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refused to use DRS in the high-profile series, maintaining its earlier stand that the technology is not full-proof. The DRS could only be implemented if the cricket boards agree for it in a bilateral series.

The decision against Hussey in the 65th over seemed a bit harsh. South African umpire Marais Erasmus raised his finger at India’s caught behind appeal off Zaheer Khan, who had bowled Australian captain Michael Clarke (31) the previous ball. Replays, however, indicated the out-of-form batsman did not nick the rising delivery.

Cowan termed that moment as a “massive” one in the game as the hosts lost two senior batsmen at the same score, making it 214 for six.

“We felt we were half an hour away from really nailing them (India), grinding them into the dust.”

“We get through that Zaheer Khan spell unscathed and it is a completely different complexion to the day’s play,” said the 29-year-old.

(Agencies)