No referrals for South Africa Tests

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Television referrals will not be employed during England's Test series against South Africa which gets under way next month

The referral system will not be used for England’s forthcoming Test series in South Africa following its rejection by major nations.

Despite being approved by the International Cricket Council and due to be implemented from October 1, both India and South Africa have snubbed the umpire decision review system for their respective campaigns against Sri Lanka and England.

India set a precedent when they began their Test series against Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad yesterday without challenges by technology.

Today a Cricket South Africa spokesman confirmed it would not be used for their four-match campaign against England, starting next month.

There were reservations about the system following trials during England’s Test series in West Indies earlier this year, but its introduction was subsequently passed by the ICC board - on which all major nations are represented - in June.

England, participating in a one-day warm-up match against South Africa A in Potchefstroom today, were expecting technology to be used.

Team director Andy Flower was this week due to discuss the issue with Hugh Morris, managing director England Cricket, but any talks now appear to be redundant.

“We are awaiting to hear from the ICC,” said an England spokesman. “We came out here with the understanding that it would be in place for the Test series. “Now this has happened with the series in India, it has thrown things out a little bit.”

The new system was originally anticipated to be a feature of last summer’s Ashes but the ICC postponed the original start date until the autumn to allow umpires more time to understand the concept and for the technology to be fine-tuned.

Under the scheme players can request an umpire's decision to be reviewed by a third official, using TV pictures - with the proviso that two unsuccessful challenges in an innings ends a team’s chance to contest.

A margin of error has now been factored into the system to avoid borderline decisions and time limits on making a challenge are to be policed more strictly by officials after the process proved inconsistent and laborious in the West Indies-England contests.

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