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Cricket: Dubai pitches worry Misbah after crushing Sri Lanka defeat

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq expressed his disappointment at not getting turning pitches to play up to his team's strength after suffering a heavy defeat by Sri Lanka in Dubai on Sunday. Pakistan went down by nine wickets in the second Test to concede a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after the first Test ended in a draw in Abu Dhabi. That defeat was largely due to the ineffectivenesss of Pakistan's main weapon Saeed Ajmal, with the off-spinner having bagged only five wickets to show in the two Tests.

Cricket: DRS in the spotlight again after Root dismissal

The International Cricket Council's controversial decision review system was in the spotlight again on the second day of the third Ashes Test at the WACA Ground on Saturday. England were left disappointed when emerging batsmen Joe Root was given out caught behind by umpire Marais Erasmus at a crucial stage of the match from the bowling of Shane Watson in their first innings. Root, who had made just four, was adamant he had not made contact with the ball and immediately challenged the decision.

Cricket: Clarke warns raw pace alone will not win Ashes

Skipper Michael Clarke Thursday warned the Perth Test against England will not be won by raw pace alone, with bowlers needing to be smart in the forecast searing heat as Australia close in on the Ashes. A win for the home side in the match starting on Friday would give Australia an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-Test series after their pacemen, led by left-armer Mitchell Johnson, blitzed the tourists in Brisbane and Adelaide.

Cricket: Hot Spot dropped for Ashes

The controversial decision-review technology known as Hot Spot has been dumped just weeks before Australia's Ashes series against England, the Nine Network said Thursday. The host Ashes broadcaster confirmed on its website that negotiations with the technology's Australian inventor, Warren Brennan, had broken down over the use of the infrared camera system.

Cricket: Hot Spot dropped for Ashes

The decision-review technology known as Hot Spot has been dumped just weeks before Australia's Ashes series against England, reports said Thursday. The controversial infrared camera system has been dropped by the host broadcaster due to costs, Hot Spot's Australian inventor Warren Brennan told Fairfax Media. The decision-review device, which uses heat sensors and infrared cameras to detect contact between the ball, bat and pads, will now not feature in the showpiece five-Test series, beginning at Brisbane's Gabba ground on November 21.

Hawk-Eye's vision extends to soccer and beyond

By Keith Weir BASINGSTOKE, England (Reuters) - Blatant foul or theatrical dive? Penalty kick or yellow card? The company that came up with the Hawk-Eye system to settle line calls in tennis is involved in a trial of video refereeing that could end many of the disputes that give soccer a bad name, its founder says.

Cricket: New Zealand gear up for Bangladesh spin assault

New Zealand are prepared to face a barrage of spin when they begin their first Test series in Bangladesh in five years next week, hoping their strength in seam bowling will see them through. "We are expecting nothing less than a tough contest," Black Caps coach Mike Hesson told reporters late Thursday after the tourists arrived for the two-Test series. The last time New Zealand played Tests in Bangladesh in 2008, they won 1-0 following a three-wicket win in Chittagong, which is also the venue of the first match starting on Wednesday.

Cricket: Hot Spot inventor calls for removal of bat coatings

The inventor of cricket's controversial Hot Spot system has called for the removal of coatings on bats to improve the accuracy of his device. The coatings are, however, perfectly legal under current regulations. Australia's Channel Nine alleged on Wednesday that players in the current Ashes series between England and Australia were using silicone tape on their bats to avoid nicks being detected by the Hot Spot thermal imaging system. The allegations prompted swift denials from both teams while the International Cricket Council (ICC) said the claims were incorrect.

Cricket: ICC stick with Hot Spot for final Ashes Tests - ICC

Cricket's Hot Spot system will be used in the final two Tests of the ongoing Ashes series, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said Thursday, despite controversy over its use and cheating claims. Australia's Channel Nine alleged on Wednesday that players in the current series between England and Australia were using the tape on their bats to avoid nicks being detected by the thermal imaging system.

Cricket: New DRS feed to be trialled in third Ashes Test

This week's third Ashes Test will see the International Cricket Council (ICC) trial an independent television feed with the aim of improving its controversial Decision Review System. DRS, designed to eliminate the "howler" by on-field umpires, has been at the centre of several controversial decisions in the first two Test of the Ashes, both of which England have won to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
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