India agree to use DRS for England Test series

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The decision review system will be used in England’s Test series in India starting next month after the hosts agreed to “trial” the technology.

India are the only Test team not to have accepted DRS, which involves predicting the ball’s path.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said it will “evaluate the improvements”.

England batsman Moeen Ali overturned three lbw decisions using DRS in the first Test in Bangladesh on Thursday.

India and Sri Lanka were involved in the first series that featured umpire reviews in 2008, but that series did not involve ball-tracking technology being used to predict the path of the ball.

Both teams must agree for DRS to be used in a bilateral series.

The BCCI agreed to a trial after meeting with officials from Hawk-Eye, the company which devised and provides the technology used for lbw decisions.

BCCI president Anurag Thakur said: “We recognise the enhanced role of technology in sport, and BCCI will lead such initiatives in coming days, and enrich the viewer experience.

“Based on the performance of the system and the feedback that we will receive, further continuation in forthcoming series will be decided.”

The International Cricket Council changed the DRS system this month, making it easier to overturn not-out lbw decisions.

England’s five-Test series in India begins on 9 November in Rajkot.

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