Women’s Ashes will use DRS for the first time

The Decision Review System (DRS) will be used for the first time in Women’s Ashes, confirmed Cricket Australia. Even with late changes in schedule, this will be the first time DRS technology will be available for the Australia-England bilateral series in Australia. The multi-format series is preponed by one week to comply with the quarantine requirements for the ODI World Cup in New Zealand starting from March 4.

 

Women's Ashes will use DRS for the first time
Women’s Ashes will use DRS for the first time

 

The Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) or simply DRS is proving to be a game-changer in crucial match situations. The inclusion of technology will definitely play its part in the highly competitive Women’s Ashes. Australian wicketkeeper- batter Alyssa Healy has previously said she would love to see the technology available for women’s series in Australia.

“Obviously there were a few logistical nightmares to be able to have it (for the India series) but I’d love to see it in every Test match. It makes it nice and fair and even. The umpires don’t mean to make mistakes. We’re out there as players , we make mistakes on the regular. But to take out the howler would be a nice thing”, she said.

Each team will have two unsuccessful reviews per innings in ODIs and T20Is and three unsuccessful reviews per innings for the Test. DRS was used for the first time in the women’s game during the 2017 ODI World Cup in England, ever since it has been a regular feature in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cups.

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DRS technology not being pocket-friendly is one of the reasons it hasn’t been used in the women’s game regularly. Earlier, New Zealand has used it on occasions including a series against India in 2019, England used it for the first time against West Indies in a T20I series in 2019.

The multi-format series comprises of three T20s to be played at the Adelaide Oval on January 20th, 22nd, and 23rd, followed by one-off Test match at the Manuka Oval from January 27th to 30th and a three-match ODI series between February 3rd and February 8th.

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