Atherton said a less complex system would have been easier for the public to understand.
England vs West Indies: Stuart Broad has shown there's more to come from the pacer, says Michael Atherton
After being ignored for the series opener against the West Indies in Southampton, Stuart Broad silenced his critics by putting up scintillating performances in the remaining two Tests.
Darren Gough says Dom Sibley proved he could play spin after scoring freely against R Ashwin in county game
Playing for Warwickshire, Sibley had scored an unbeaten 215 against Nottinghamshire last year with premier India off-spinner Ashwin being among the opposition bowlers.
Lack of Black players in county cricket not good enough, says former England captain Michael Atherton
Only three Black players have made their England debut since 2000 — the most recent being Jofra Archer who is in England’s squad to face the West Indies this week in the first test.
Former England captain Michael Atherton calls on ICC to allow more substitutions for injuries requiring hospital visits
Atherton, who has led England in 54 Tests, said there will be one or two issues when international cricket resume after the break
Once he hung his boots as a player, Atherton picked up the microphone and pen to write about the sport he was an integral part of for 12 years, playing in 115 Tests and 54 ODIs for England.
Virat Kohli is 'boss' of Indian cricket, support staff there to take burden off him, says India coach Ravi Shastri
Head coach Ravi Shastri has called Virat Kohli the "boss" of Indian cricket and said the support staff is there to "take the burden off" the skipper.
Gary Kirsten would be the perfect candidate to replace Trevor Bayliss as England coach and the country’s cricket board should not hesitate to make another overseas appointment, former captain Michael Atherton
Pakistan vs Australia: Tim Paine hails Usman Khawaja's 141-run knock in first Test as 'one of the greatest innings'
Usman Khawaja batted for eight hours and 44 minutes to help foil Pakistan's victory bid, while Travis Head (72) and Paine, who finished unbeaten on 61, played key supporting roles to take Australia to 362-8 and save the match.
Pakistan vs Australia: Usman Khawaja's fighting ton helps visitors draw first Test in tense finish on Day 5
Usman Khawaja hit a solid 141 for his seventh Test hundred, while skipper Tim Paine (61 not out) and Travis Head (72) also hit half centuries as Australia finished at 362-8 late in the day with lights coming on at Dubai stadium.
Spot-fixing sting: From England captain Joe Root to Michael Atherton, here's how world of cricket reacted
Cricket has been jolted by news channel Al Jazeera's documentary in which it accused three English and two Australian players of being involved in fixing.
Ex-West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop tells Firstpost how he became one of the most sought-after commentators
Bishop said: "Like a player you have to be at your best all the time. It’s easier when you're playing because the statistics will speak for themselves. Here, there are certain commentators who I know are bringing their A game."
Australia ball-tampering scandal: Michael Atherton says 'premeditated' Sandpaper Gate different than 'dirt in pocket affair'
Back in 1994, then England captain Michael Atherton was seen taking dirt from his pocket and rubbing it on the ball during a Test against South Africa at Lord's.
Sanjay Manjrekar says, strongest emotion with father was fear, at launch of his autobiography 'Imperfect'
Sanjay, who played 37 Tests after making his debut in the Delhi Test against the West Indies under the captaincy of Dilip Vengsarkar in 1987, scored 2,043 runs with a career-best 218.
Ashes 2017: England James Anderson says he has 'no problem' with Australia's strategy of bowling short to tailenders
"I have actually chatted to the umpires about it during this series and they say at test level you should be able to handle short balls," said Anderson.
Ashes 2017: Michael Atherton says umpires should invoke laws to protect England tailenders from short-pitched bowling
“No one wants to see the game sanitised, but the Law is there for a reason. The umpires should make use of it,” added Atherton
"If England must do without him, they will be badly damaged before a ball has been bowled," said Michael Atherton.
England vs West Indies: Can't think of a bigger upset, says Michael Atherton after visitors' epic comeback
West Indies' stunning second Test win over England at Headingley was the biggest upset in the recent history of Test cricket, according to former England captain Michael Atherton.
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