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Snicko announced 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.

The International Cricket Council confirmed the use of the new Snickometer as well as thermal-imaging device Hot Spot to detect ball-on-bat contact in the series, which gets under way in Brisbane on Thursday.

The announcement came after protracted discussions between the ECB, Cricket Australia, the ICC, broadcasters and BBG Sports - the company who develop and provide the equipment.

The ICC general manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice, said: "The ICC has been monitoring the development of the RTS (real-time Snickometer) for the past 12 months, including its use in more than 50 days of cricket coverage during the English summer.

"We were happy to support the initiative of CA and the ECB because we believe it can improve the DRS by getting more decisions correct involving faint edges, to help the umpires make those decisions faster, and to help spectators and viewers better understand those decisions."

ICC umpire performance and training manager Simon Taufel today conducted a training session with the umpires on the use of the RTS, and has also briefed both teams on the protocols that have been developed for its use, and the interpretations that will be used by the umpires.

Taufel said: "The RTS will complement Hot Spot by providing an extra tool that umpires can use to find the conclusive evidence needed to overturn an on-field decision."

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