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Senior officials to meet over DRS
Ben Horne
10:49 AEST Wed Aug 7 2013

The ICC have responded to discontent from both Australia and England over DRS by sending a senior official to meet with the teams ahead of the fourth Ashes Test in Durham.

The Guardian reports that director of cricket operations, Geoff Allardice will hold talks with Australian coach Darren Lehmann and his counterpart Andy Flower.

Both teams have made it clear they support DRS in principle, but are confused and irritated at the inconsistency of decision-making so far this series.

Allardice, an Australian, may look to clarify the protocol behind how DRS calls are made by the third umpire, however no overhauls will be implemented mid-series.

HotSpot will continue as is, despite the thermal imaging technology coming under fire for its inability to pick up nicks.

There will also be no change to the umpires who will officiate over the final two Tests.

Aleem Dar will return to stand with Tony Hill, with Marais Erasmus returning to the third umpiring chair.

Dar was the umpire who missed Stuart Broad's edge to slip in the first Test, while Hill and third umpire Kumar Dharmasena combined to give Usman Khawaja out when there appeared to be no evidence to do so.

Australia issued an official complaint over the howler.

The ICC have confirmed HotSpot and DRS in general will be discussed at their next chief executives meeting in September.

Australian captain Michael Clarke has stressed there's no lingering blood blood between umpires and players heading into the fourth Test.


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