Real-time Snickometer available to Ashes umpires

Enhanced technology, including real-time Snickometer, will be available to the third umpire for decision review system procedures in this winter's Ashes.

Broadcasters Channel 9 confirmed the use of the new Snickometer as well as controversial thermal-imaging device Hot Spot to detect ball-on-bat contact in the series, set to get under way at the Gabba on Thursday.

The announcement was anticipated, but confirmation has taken longer than many expected after protracted discussions between both teams, the International Cricket Council, broadcasters and BBG Sports - the company who develop and provide the equipment.

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England loses first Ashes Test

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