No hi-tech reviews for Eng vs SA Test series
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.