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Review system on trial in England-Windies series

Published: Thursday, October 16, 2008, 2:41 [IST]
 
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Umpire review systemLondon: England will play their series in the West Indies after Christmas under the umpire review system after the ICC extended the trial to five Test series yesterday.

The system, which was backed by Duncan Fletcher when he was England coach, allows each team to ask for reviews of decisions, although they may make no more than three unsuccessful requests per innings.

According to The Telegraph, England coach Peter Moores was against the system and refused to be part of the trial for the series against South Africa this summer.

But England players will have to add making the “T" sign to their practice this winter. The batsman in receipt of the umpire"s original decision or the captain of the fielding side must make a “T" with both forearms at shoulder height.

The umpire will then refer his decision to the third umpire, who can use slow-motion replays, but is not allowed to use Hawk-Eye, Hot Spot or snick-detecting technology.

Given the ICC"s enthusiasm and that the introduction of the trial has been driven by the Board of Control for Cricket in India since the fractious Test against Australia at Sydney last January, the system could be in place for the Ashes next summer.

The ICC said that the trial in the Sri Lanka-India series in July had removed dissent from the game. “There were 48 referrals and the feedback from both sides was very positive," an official said.

The number of referrals was split almost equally between the countries, but Sri Lanka had almost half theirs upheld to India"s one.

The ICC said that the system added ten minutes to the day"s play and broadcasters said that they felt the viewers liked the drama of the decision.

The series between New Zealand and West Indies, India and Pakistan and South Africa and Australia will also use the system before the ICC"s cricket committee meets in May.

 ANI

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