Cricket Australia has notified the inclusion of the Decision Review System (DRS) for the upcoming women’s Ashes. The technology will be used for the first time in a women’s bilateral series in Australia. The DRS will be available throughout the multi-format series i.e. for the only test match and three T20Is and as many ODIs.
For all the six limited-overs game, each team will have the luxury of two unsuccessful reviews per innings. Whereas in the longest format of the game, each team will have three unsuccessful reviews per innings.
JUST IN: The Decision Review System will be available in the women's #Ashes in what will be a first for a women's bilateral series in Australia
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 17, 2022
It was the 2017 ODI World Cup when the DRS technology was first being put into action in women’s cricket. Since then, it has been a feature of every match of the last two ICC Women’s T20 World Cups but has rarely been employed in bilateral women’s series. On the other hand, DRS has been a part of men’s internationals for more than a decade.
The impact of the technology on making more accurate decisions cannot be emphasized enough. DRS has helped the players a great deal in challenging and reversing decisions which have gone on to impact the result of the game in the larger context.
Under the norms of ICC’s playing conditions for women’s T20Is and ODIs, the adoption of the technology is left up to the discretion of the participating teams. DRS can be included in a series only if it has the consent of all the participating members.
Also, to add on, the boards can agree to use the DRS if the minimum requirements for its use – approved ball-tracking technology, and approved sound-based edge detection technology – are satisfied.
Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes: Australia vs England
Jan 20: First T20, Adelaide Oval
Jan 22: Second T20, Adelaide Oval
Jan 23: Third T20, Adelaide Oval
Jan 27-30: Test match, Manuka Oval
Feb 3: First ODI, Manuka Oval
Feb 6: Second ODI, Junction Oval
Feb 8: Third ODI, Junction Oval
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