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BRISBANE---Host broadcaster Channel
9 and developers of the real-time Snick-
ometer have reached an agreement to
include the technology among the Deci-
sion Review System (DRS) tools avail-
able for umpires during the Ashes
Snickometer, previously used on TV
broadcasts but not available to umpire
reviews of disputed calls during Tests,
will join Hot Spot, Eagle-Eye ball tracking
and stump microphones as part of the
DRS package, the International Cricket
Council confirmed yesterday.
Snickometer uses both sight and sound
to determine whether a batsman has
edged the ball but isn t on the ICC s
approved list of DRS technologies. How-
ever, the governing body in September
began a process of evaluating it for inclu-
sion in future series.
"Cricket Australia and the England
and Wales Cricket Board have agreed to
use the RTS as part of the DRS during
the upcoming Ashes series," the ICC
statement said. "The ICC and the host
broadcaster, the Nine Network, have sup-
ported this initiative." (AP)
Snickometer to be introduced for DRS in Ashes
BRISBANE---For someone who
grew up fighting, punching and
kicking in endless rounds of ultra-
competitive sporting clashes with
his brothers in South Africa, reach-
ing a milestone 100th Test cricket
cap for England truly must be quite
That s how Kevin Pietersen
describes it, anyway, and he s the
one who lived it.
Apart from having an English
mother, his link with England as a
youth, as he recounts it, was wearing
the white jersey in the not-so-playful
rugby matches against his brothers.
The four boys wore different jer-
seys---South Africa, Australia, Eng-
land, France---to avoid confusion.
Two days ahead of the Ashes
series opener in Brisbane, Pietersen
was asked which country he d
dreamed of representing when he
was growing up in Natal. A fair ques-
tion, even if it came from an Aus-
"You re not going to believe this,
mate, I had an England jersey on
whenever we played rugby on the
front lawn," he said, "And you can
ask my brothers." The Pietersen
brothers, as it transpired, just hap-
pened to be en route to Brisbane.
"I know it s a leading question,"
he continued, after pausing for effect.
"No, where I ve ended up I would
never have dreamt it, but I m so
lucky and so proud to be where I
He left South Africa for England
as a disgruntled teen because "I
wanted to chase my dream of playing
international sport." Now, he s set
to become just the 10th England
player to earn 100 Test caps.
"It was the furthest thing from
my mind thinking that I d ever play
for England, let alone play as
much as I ve played," he said.
"We grew up incredibly
competitive... it was an
upbringing. Competition was all that
"I went to England as a spin
bowler, I turned out to be a batter.
So I can t sit here and say I wanted
to score 10,000 Test runs, or what-
ever I ve got, it just fell into place.
I don t know."
The arrival of the larger-than-life
Pietersen in the Test squad in 2005
coincided with England s resurgence,
particularly against old foe Australia.
And while his presence has been
fractious at times, he has certainly
contributed to a successful combi-
nation. The English squad heads into
this series aiming to win the urn for
a fourth straight time, and that is
Pietersen s primary concern.
"At the moment I just see it as an
Ashes series, the start of an impor-
tant Ashes series---one which we ve
come to win," Pietersen told a news
conference yesterday. "Talking about
the 100th Test match is a weird feel-
ing for me. It s hard for me to sit
here and talk about myself."
That kind of statement might sur-
prise a few critics.
Pietersen was greeted with a tor-
rent of tabloid treatment from Bris-
bane s daily newspaper, which
described him as the "walking ego
of world cricket" under a front-page
He responded with a few barbs,
seen briefly by some of his 1.4 mil-
lion-plus followers on Twitter, before
removing the "tongue-in-cheek"
posts so they wouldn t be too widely
misinterpreted. Too late. More head-
"I would have preferred a front
page in Sydney but," he said to rau-
cous laughter. Ever the showman,
and sensing the mood, he continued:
"I respect the journalists in Australia
for having a go at the English and
trying to club me. That s what Ashes
cricket is about."
Pietersen is used to generating
headlines. He spent time away from
the team last year after sending com-
ments about his teammates, includ-
ing then skipper Andrew Strauss, to
South African players. He said his
"reintegrating" into the national
team has been smooth.
"We re getting on really well, we re
all winning together," he said. "We ve
all played a lot of cricket together.
"These things happen. You have
it in all walks of life. You have ups
and downs. We all make mistakes."
Pietersen said he has learned from
his mistakes---he even had lunch
with Strauss this week---and it has
helped prolong his career.
"There has been some real good
stuff and I ve really enjoyed the jour-
ney. Where my career is at now, I
don t think I can be any happier,"
he said. "Clearly there s been some
bad stuff, which has been well doc-
umented. As a person you grow
when you make mistakes. That s
where you learn the most. If I hadn t
have learnt, I wouldn t be sitting
here on the eve of my 100th Test."
Pietersen has already accumulated
7,887 Test runs at an average of 48.38
and said he wants to reach 10,000
before retiring. He also wants to win
the 2015 World Cup and score a cen-
tury against South Africa in 2015-
16, to complete a set of home-and-
away hundreds against all the Test
Accusations that he s arrogant are
just mistaken interpretations of his
confidence, he said.
"I ve got to be confident in my
ability," he said. "Clearly, as a South
African coming into England, I had
to really fight some tough battles
and had to be single-minded in
achieving what I ve had to try and
"I call it confidence. You guys call
it arrogance, it makes for better
His individual nature, bravado and
unique style have divided opinion
in England, where his talents as a
batsman are highly valued, regard-
less. Asked, by an Englishman, if he
felt he was regarded differently by
the public as an adopted rather than
a native-born England player,
Pietersen didn t quite know the
"Good question. Not sure. Not
100 per cent sure," he said. "I can t
go either way on it. Some days I feel
yes, some days I feel no." (AP)
England batsman Kevin Pietersen plays a shot on day two of their tour match against Cricket Australia's
Invitational Xl in Sydney, Australia, last Thursday. AP PHOTO
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