Team defends Clarke over review decision

Australia's one-day stars have defended captain Michael Clarke's use of the side's only decision review, despite it costing two key wickets in Sunday's washed-out match against Sri Lanka.

Clarke called the decision review system (DRS) into play at the SCG when he was given out leg before wicket for 20, the unsuccessful appeal reducing the home side to 2-50.

Teams are allowed just one unsuccessful review in the 50-over series and there was no help for David Warner (60) and Moses Henriques (3) when they copped bad lbw decisions on the way to a moderate total of 9-222.

Both clearly nicked balls into their pads and would have been given a reprieve had a review been available in a match that could have resulted in the tourists, already up 2-1, stunning Australia with a series victory.

Australia batsman and Twenty20 captain George Bailey said Clarke was within his rights to go upstairs to the third umpire.

"It was close to hitting him outside the line, it was close to going over the top of the stumps," Bailey said as the Australians arrived in Hobart for tomorrow's fifth game against the Sri Lankans.

"I've got no issue with that. The umpires happen to make a couple of wrong decisions after that but that's the nature of the game.

"They're both good umpires and they go games and series without making those bad decisions so that's just part and parcel of what happens."

Bailey said there had been no edict that any player be certain they are not out before potentially using the single review.

"I don't think you want to be seen as a player who is reviewing everything just on the off chance the bowler might have overstepped," he said.

"I don't think a player should feel guilty that he's used the DRS and then an umpire makes a bad decision," he said.

"I think it's there for the howler and I think the onus is still on the umpires to make the right decision."

Bailey has been an outspoken opponent of the system in domestic one-day matches, where reviews have been in the hands of the umpires.

But he said the better quality of replays available for international matches meant taking the process out of the players' hands was worth considering, as was handing the batting team back their review if the TV decision came back as umpire's call.

"Whether you can do it [review] for every single decision and make it unlimited, I'm not sure," he said.

Meanwhile, Bailey has backed Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene's call for clarity over the abandonment of Sunday's match in light rain.

"His comments in the paper about being told two different things in the space of a couple of series are worth investigating," Bailey said. 

AAP

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