Lack of technology continues to hamper the Brisbane test


Flawed technology continued to hamper officials at the inaugural Ashes test in Brisbane as Snicko failed to come to the fore on day three.

The Snicko system used to detect edges was not available throughout the match, with Cricket Australia saying border restrictions prevented the venue from getting technical assistance to fix an issue. Both teams were made aware of the situation by match referee David Boon, who made sure the DRS was kept consistent throughout, but it meant that a less complete version is available.

It took center stage when Australia called for a review in England's second innings against Dawid Malan, who was 16, when they thought he had defeated Josh Hazlewood. There was an indication of a faint mark on the underside of Hot Spot's club, but third referee Paul Wilson didn't think it was sufficient evidence to overturn the ruling on the field.

Snicko's absence first became apparent on opening day when Australia checked a catch on the side of the leg against Jos Buttler, although on that occasion there was clearer evidence from Hot Spot that it had only grazed the thigh pad.

Another important piece of technology that is lacking throughout the game is the camera system that allows the third referee to monitor and call no-balls. That was revealed when Ben exceeded Stokes with his first three deliveries on the second day, then claimed David Warner with his fourth, only to write it off because the forefoot was checked because it was a wicket handover.

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This match is played according to previous protocols where the umpires call no-balls on the field and only if a batter is released will the front line be checked.

All DRS technology is expected to be available on the second test in Adelaide. Queensland's closed borders presented a challenge ahead of the opening game with the English squad and a significant number of Australians who had to be quarantined before the game, as well as officials and people involved in setting up the game.