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Shane Warne wants DRS rules to change

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016 Rob Forsaith

Shane Warne has proposed a revolutionary change to the Decision Review System (DRS), saying umpire Alam Dar's lbw verdict shows why it should be simplified.

Steve Smith's dismissal on day two of the first Test between Australia and South Africa has sparked the latest round of DRS debates.

Seething skipper Smith was given his marching orders by Dar despite dancing down the wicket to a point where he was almost 1.5m outside the crease.

Smith reviewed immediately but ball-tracking replays delivered a verdict of 'umpire's call', suggesting the Kookaburra could potentially have clipped leg stump.

Warne feels much of the angst created by DRS around the world would be eliminated if the option of 'umpire's call' was removed for lbws.

"If more than 40 per cent (of the ball) is hitting, you're out," Warne proposed on the Nine Network, opining the figure was fair because the technology is not perfect.

"If it's not, you're not out.

"That one with Steve Smith, it was just clipping the stumps. He's down the track, I don't know how they appealed for it ... (and) I appealed for everything."

Proteas keeper Quinton de Kock didn't appeal initially, seemingly convinced the ball would have missed leg stump.

"I understand Aleem Dar wants to be this leader of the thing - that says I'm going to be the (umpire to give) brave, courageous decisions," Warne said.

"But I think it's setting a really dangerous precedent ... DRS is out there to get the right decision and I don't believe it's the right decision."

It's likely the classy right-hander would have remained at the crease under old DRS guidelines on how much of the ball needs to hit the stumps, but those rules were changed earlier this year.

"That's remarkable. That's an incredibly brave decision from Aleem Dar ... I can understand where he's coming from but he's so far down the wicket," Kevin Pietersen said in the Nine commentary box.

Michael Clarke agreed.

"You would assume that ball is going to bounce over the stumps," Clarke said.

"You can definitely understand Steve's disappointment. He's down the wicket at a ground like the WACA."

Peter Nevill only had his teammates to blame for a dodgy dismissal on 23.

Replays showed Nevill didn't edge the ball before it ballooned off his pads to Hashim Amla at first slip.

However, Nevill wasn't able to refer the incorrect decision as Smith and Shaun Marsh had already used Australia's two reviews.

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