Cricket - Real-time Snicko okayed for Ashes

Enhanced technology, including real-time Snickometer, will be available to the third umpire for decision review system procedures in this winter's Ashes.

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England captain Alastair Cook will be able to call on the DRS system in the upcoming Ashes series after a deal was confirmed for the use of enhanced technology.

Broadcasters Channel 9 confirmed the use of the new Snickometer as well as controversial thermal-imaging device Hot Spot to detect ball-on-bat contact in the series, set to get under way at the Gabba on Thursday.

The announcement was anticipated, but confirmation has taken longer than many expected after protracted discussions between both teams, the International Cricket Council, broadcasters and BBG Sports - the company who develop and provide the equipment.

DRS proved a vexed process in England last summer, when Hot Spot in particular caused much confusion - especially in the lead-up to the fourth Test in Durham.

Nine's executive producer of cricket Brad McNamara, quoted in an article on the Cricket Australia website, said: "Real-time Snicko will be part of the DRS. Both teams' boards have agreed to do it.

"We had a difficult negotiation (with BBG Sports) but thankfully we've come together. We're thrilled to have Hot Spot continue as part of the coverage.

"We're all about the best technology in the world. We feel that is among it and are looking forward to adding to that with the real-time Snicko, which we think will add to the viewers' experience and also help in the decision-making process for umpires.

"It will change the DRS. We hope you won't get the mistakes."

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