No hi-tech re­views for Eng vs SA Test se­ries

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - STU­ART HESS AND SAPA

WITH the first ODI washed out at the Wan­der­ers yes­ter­day, thoughts turned to the use, or lack thereof, of the Um­pire De­ci­sion Re­view Sys­tem for the four-match Test se­ries be­tween Eng­land and South Africa that starts next month.

The Re­view Sys­tem which the ICC of­fi­cially an­nounced could be used from Oc­to­ber 1 will not be in use for the muchan­tic­i­pated Test se­ries, with host broad­caster the SABC deem­ing it too ex­pen­sive. It is un­der­stood that the costs of run­ning tech­nol­ogy like the “hot spot” and “hawk­eye” stretched well be­yond the R2mil­lion mark.

The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil had been ne­go­ti­at­ing with the cor­po­ra­tion and Cricket SA, but nei­ther body was will­ing to foot the bill. The “hot spot” for in­stance costs nearly R40 000 to run per day and that ex­cludes fly­ing the peo­ple who run the sys­tem into the coun­try and then putting them up in ho­tels.

It ap­pears both the South African and English camps would be happy to use the tech­nol­ogy were it to be made avail­able. South Africa tri­alled the sys­tem dur­ing last sea­son’s Test se­ries against Aus­tralia and de­spite a few hic­cups they be­lieves there are more pos­i­tives to be had.

“We did not use it very well last time, but we are very pro the re­view sys­tem,” said Proteas coach Mickey Arthur.

Eng­land skip­per An­drew Strauss said if the sys­tem was not go­ing to be used he was happy that the on-field um­pires re­main the sole and fi­nal judges.

“The use of tech­nol­ogy is some­thing I’m in favour of. It would be wrong of me to write it off without see­ing the full tech­nol­ogy in action,” said Strauss.

New Zealand Cricket con­firmed yes­ter­day the Re­view Sys­tem will be used in the up­com­ing home Test se­ries against Pak­istan.

Yes­ter­day at the Wan­der­ers, the much-an­tic­i­pated open­ing MTN one-day in­ter na­tional be­tween South Africa and Eng­land was of­fi­cially aban­doned at 5pm, when the um­pires de­ter­mined no play would be pos­si­ble. It was still rain­ing when they made their de­ci­sion.

The sec­ond match is sched­uled to be played at Su­pers­port Park in Cen­tu­rion at 10am to­mor­row and Weather fore­casts in­di­cate that no rain is ex­pected in the area.

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