Real-Time Snicko To Be Used During Ashes

England players train
England players pictured during training in Brisbane ahead of the first Ashes Test
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that real-time snickometer will be used as part of the Decision Review System (DRS) in this winter's Ashes series.

The real-time snickometer (RTS) technology will be used alongside ball-tracking technology Virtual Eye and Hot Spot once Australia and England begin their five-match series in Brisbane on 21st November.

Virtual Eye and Hotspot are already on the ICC's list of approved DRS technologies to be used by TV umpires in any series where they are available but this is the first series in which RTS is being evaluated, following the ICC Chief Executives' meeting earlier this year which supported the new technology.

Cricket Australia (CA) and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have agreed to the evaluation while ICC and host broacaster Channel 9 have lent their support.

"The ICC has been monitoring the development of the RTS for the past 12 months, including its use in more than 50 days of cricket coverage during the English summer," ICC's Geoff Allardice said.

"We were happy to support the initiative of CA and the ECB because we believe it can improve the DRS by getting more decisions correct involving faint edges, to help the umpires make those decisions faster, and to help spectators and viewers better understand those decisions."

ICC Umpire Performance and Training Manager Simon Taufel has conducted a training session with the umpires covering the use of RTS and briefed both teams on the protocols of its use.

"The RTS will complement Hot Spot by providing an extra tool that umpires can use to find the conclusive evidence needed to overturn an on-field decision."

The Ashes will also see Australia and England taking advantage of a playing condition introduced in October to 'top up' DRS reviews to two after 80 overs of an innings for the first time.

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