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Friday, 10 June 2016 - 13:30
Umpire's Call Margin Likely To Be Reduced
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Speaking to ESPNcricinfo after the first day's play of the third Test at Lord's, Jayawardene, who attended the latest meeting last week after being appointed to the ICC cricket committee in May, revealed that the proposal is to reduce the margin by half. If the change is approved, only 25% of the ball would need to be hitting the stumps in order to overturn an on-field not out decision, instead of the current 50%.

That would have meant Jonny Bairstow being given out on 56 in England's first innings against Sri Lanka at Lord's. Instead, when Sri Lanka reviewed Rod Tucker's not out decision, a verdict of "umpire's call" was returned, with Hawk Eye showing the leg stump being struck by just fractionally less than 50% of the ball.

"We sat in the cricket committee last week and we decided that the 50% rule should be reduced to 25%, so that recommendation will probably go in and it's something for the stakeholders and ICC to take up," Jayawardene said.

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