Australian vice-captain Brad Haddin claims that the umpires used in the Ashes series have "cracked" under pressure and has called for a major overhaul of the contentious decision review system.
Haddin is the first Test player to endorse the growing view that the blatant flaws in DRS are harming the game.
He has urged the International Cricket Council to remove reviews from the players and create a system where the umpires have the sole responsibility for decision-making, but work together with the replay official to improve accuracy.
The Test veteran, who suffered a poor decision at Chester-le-Street when he was given out lbw despite the ball appearing to miss the stumps, risks disciplinary action by speaking candidly on an issue that has overshadowed the Ashes series.
But Haddin was adamant that poor umpiring had blighted the series and that the four officials used - Tony Hill, Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus - were affected by the pressure of being shown up by DRS.
"The standard of the umpiring in this series has been something that should be looked at," he said.
"Players deal with pressure in different situations and some guys respond to it and some don't.
"I think with the umpiring in this series, there have been times when they have cracked under the whole big pressure of the campaign. DRS was designed to take the howler out of the game and I don't think it is doing that."
The system's two major elements - the Hawkeye ball-tracking imaging and Hotspot infra-red edge detection - have come under increasing criticism for their unreliability and unrealistic portrayal of on-field events.
New Zealander Hill is under most pressure to retain his place on the elite panel after the fourth Test when he had 12 decisions reviewed by the players.
Five were overturned after third umpire Erasmus examined replays of Hill's decisions.
Haddin, who needs four dismissals in the fifth Test to break Rod Marsh's record of 28 in a series, said the DRS was undermining the confidence of the on-field umpires with the natural consequence that they were making more errors.
"They are second guessing themselves with the decisions," Haddin said.
And he said umpires were changing their approach to decision-making depending on whether a team had reviews left.
"The umpires are aware where DRS is at and who's got one left or who's used them up," he said.
"I think it can influence their decision. The bottom line is that we just want to see the majority of decisions right.
"DRS is there to get rid of the howler. My personal opinion is it should be taken out of the players' hands and the umpires should have total control."
Cricket Australia officials approached their England counterparts after the first Test in a bid to improve the DRS, but their negotiations stalled when Australian captain Michael Clarke used his Lord's post-match press conference to say that the players had full confidence in the system.
That has since changed as umpiring standards have deteriorated. ICC cricket manager Geoff Allardice travelled to England before the fourth Test to reassure both teams that the DRS was working effectively.
"… with the umpiring in this series … they have cracked under the whole big pressure ..." " Australian vice-captain *Brad Haddin *