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LBW change for Ireland clash

Australia will get their first look at new rules governing LBW referrals in a match with Ireland.
LBW change for Ireland clash
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A tweak to the interpretation of technology could see a rise in LBW referrals when Australia take on Ireland in a one-off one-day international on Tuesday in South Africa.

While an upset is the most unlikely result in the clash between the cricket heavyweights and minnows in Benoni, it offers the Australians their first look at the new decision review system for LBW decisions.

New laws, which came into place last week, dictate that only half the ball has to be hitting any part of the stump for a not out decision to be overturned by the third umpire when reviewing ball-tracking technology.

Previously, half of the ball had to be hitting the inside half of the stump for a decision to be overturned.

It lead to a number of frustrating 'umpire's call' decisions being handed down, despite tracking clearly showing the ball would have hit the stumps.

The same change has also been made when determining whether a batsman has been struck in line with the stumps, paving the way for far more line-ball decisions to go in favour of the bowler.

The rule was first implemented in South Africa's 206-run win over Ireland on Sunday, however no decisions were made based on the change.

It will carry over into all future international cricket matches which use DRS, including the upcoming one-day and Test series between Australia and South Africa.

However Australia's front-line bowlers won't have first use of the rule in the side's clash with the No.12 ranked Ireland, as they remain rested.

The Aussies have easily accounted for the Irish in the four matches they have played against each other, while the other was washed out.

Josh Hazlewood and the injured Mitchell Starc are back in Australia, while uncapped pacemen Joe Mennie, Chris Tremain and Daniel Worrall are a shot at an international debut at some point on the tour.

"It's a surreal experience for me," Worrall said.

"It's just been whirlwind 12 months."

"Now that I'm here I can come down from the nerves and excitement of the past few weeks and now being around the guys it's time now to switch on."

Australia will then begin their five-match series against South Africa on Friday in Centurion.

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