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Decisions and Curves

Introduction Yesterday I wrote two cricket posts. The first was about the Decision Review System (DRS). The second was about Australia's batting partnerships. Decisions and Partnerships came into focus on the first day of play in the Third Test at Old Trafford. Decision Review The International Cricket Council (ICC) is trialling an independent DRS at Old Trafford. The Test is being played under existing DRS guidelines. These are specified in the ICC's Standard Test Match Playing Conditions. Given the debate the DRS prompted on Day 1 of the Old Trafford Test, I thought it might be instructive to look at the ICC regulations pertaining...

Decision Review

Introduction A new Decision Review System (DRS) is being trialled by the International Cricket Council (ICC) at the Third Ashes Test at Old Trafford. The system provides the Third Umpire with independent access to video of a decision.  A report from the ABC notes that "it will not yet be available to help the third umpire with his deliberations". At present, the Third Umpire requests video playback from the TV producer. Decision Review Last week, Simon Taufel observed in his Spirit of Cricket lecture: No matter what system of technology review / referral we implement in our game, it will not be perfect or 100%....

Talking About Gambling

News of the outcome of the trial this week of three test cricketers charged with match-fixing has coincided with the publication of two reports about gambling in the ACT in Australia and the release of a Policy Discussion Paper by the Coalition. The reports are from researchers at the Australian National University. The research was funded by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission. Their titles are: Profiling Problem Gambling Symptoms in the Australian Capital Territory: Socioeconomic and Demographic Characteristics and Gambling Participation Help-seeking and Uptake of Services Amongst People with Gambling Problems in the ACT Dr Tanya Davidson, one of the researchers, noted...

Visual Literacy and Fair Play

Two recent events have stimulated animated discussion about the role video can and should play in officiating. Thierry Henry's handball in a World Cup Football qualifying game led to a FIFA disciplinary commission hearing. The International Cricket Council will investigate the umpire decision review system after protests about decisions made in the fourth test match in South Africa. These events have underscored for me that the essence of sport is in a state of flux and is so because of the mediated and constructed views offered by television broadcasts. The ICC proposes to meet with television broadcasters in March to discuss the...