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Referrals to be used in Australia-England ODI series

Ricky Ponting and Aleem Dar
Australia had seven referrals rejected during the Ashes series

England and Australia will use the Umpire Decision Review System during their forthcoming one-day series.

The review system, which allows players to refer on-field umpiring decisions to a third official, has previously only been used in Test matches.

If all goes well in the one-day international series it will be used during the World Cup, which takes place between 19 February and 2 April.

Teams are expected to be allowed only two failed referrals per innings.

The referral system has been in use in Tests since 2008 but has not proved universally popular. Both participating countries in a series need to agree to its use and that has been the case in only four of the last 10 series.


However, the International Cricket Council is keen for the system to be used in as many Tests as possible and to extend the system to one-day matches.

The review system caused controversy at times in the recent Ashes series. An unsuccessful referral in Melbourne by Ricky Ponting, when he felt England batsman Kevin Pietersen had edged a ball to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, led to some unseemly finger wagging by Ponting at umpire Aleem Dar and cost the Australia captain 40% of his match fee.

However, the ICC has confirmed that the system will be in use for the seven-match ODI series between the countries, which begins in Melbourne on 16 January.

The third-umpire duties for the series will be shared between Billy Bowden, Tony Hill, Asad Rauf and Marais Erasmus - all of whom will officiate at the World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The review system is only likely to be used for the latter stages of the World Cup as there are not enough specialist 'hot spot' cameras available to send to all pool matches.

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