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Cricket Experiments With Replay Technology

The International Cricket Council will begin experimenting with replay technology when the Super Series of three one-dayers gets underway Wednesday in Melbourne, Australia.

The experiment will continue next week during the six-day test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Field umpires will be able to refer all decisions, including leg-before-wicket and edged catches to a third official who will have access to video replays.

Some fans and players have expressed concern that delays for the examination of the replays will result in a loss of playing time and add to the already lengthy sport.

Another experimental rule being tried during the series will give each team a tactical substitution. It would allow the 12th man to bat and bowl, provided the player he replaces has not already been dismissed or bowled his allotted overs.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.