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ICC launches umpire broadcast trial for Australia-South Africa series

The International Cricket Council (ICC) will make communication between the on-field and television umpires available to host broadcaster Nine during the forthcoming one-day international series between Australia and South Africa.

The trial initiative, similar to systems established in a range of top level sports including rugby union and rugby league, means viewers and spectators will be able to hear explanations of decisions during umpire referrals, consultations and Decision Review System (DRS) rulings.

If the trial is successful then the ICC may consider extending it to select matches during the 2015 World Cup, which takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29 next year.

“For years, viewers have enjoyed seeing the same pictures as the TV umpire and making their own decisions during a referral or review,” Geoff Allardice, ICC general manager of cricket, said. “Now they will be even closer to the game, hearing what the umpire is saying when making those decisions.”

The first ODI between Australia and South Africa takes place in Perth on Friday.