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DRS 'widens stumps': Hick

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016 Laine Clark

In the wake of controversial first Test calls, Australia batting coach Graeme Hick has urged umpires to be brave and not rely on technology that "widens the stumps".

Hick insisted that the team had moved on from the decision review system (DRS) controversies in their heavy first Test loss to South Africa in Perth.

But Hick still couldn't seem to get his head around Mitch Marsh's second innings dismissal ahead of the second Test starting in Hobart on Saturday.

"The DRS is here to stay at the moment - it certainly widens the stumps for the bowlers let's put it that way," Hick said.

Allrounder Marsh was originally given not out when he was struck low on the pads by a swinging Kagiso Rabada delivery on Monday.

But the decision was over-turned when the ball-tracking technology used by DRS predicted the ball would have clipped leg stump.

"It was disappointing those marginal (decisions) didn't (go our way)... but it is the same for both sides," Hick said.

"The only one that surprised me ...was the Mitch Marsh one - I thought that one was missing.

"But those are the rules you play by. You just get on with it and accept it."

The DRS also came under fire in Australia's first innings when captain Steve Smith was given out lbw despite charging well down the pitch to play spinner Keshav Maharaj.

"I would like to see umpires be brave and make some decisions," Hick said.

"On those real marginal ones sometimes I feel they throw it to the DRS too easily."

Joe Burns and Callum Ferguson flew into Hobart with Shaun Marsh (broken finger) out and a cloud over Adam Voges (hamstring).

Hick said Voges' fitness would be determined in the coming days.

Asked if Australia's batsmen lacked confidence after the Perth thrashing, Hick said: "I don't think there is a lack of confidence.

"I think we have just missed some opportunities to control the game through a poor decision or shot selection combined with high quality reverse swing bowling."

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