Ashes 2021: ‘Catastrophic blackout’ hits test for first time as Gabba’s tech gremlins continue
Another tech bug hit the first ash test after a blackout briefly destroyed all of the Gabba’s cameras on Saturday morning.
The global stream initially declined, with Channel 7 broadcasting limited to a single camera.
But the problem quickly spread to the entire broadcast complex and resulted in the loss of all technology.
The game continued despite the issue also affecting the equipment required for the decision review system.
Channel 7 commentator Alison Mitchell reported that it was a “catastrophic power outage”.
The show returned with a single camera and a few replay angles, but continued to be affected by the ongoing issues, with Cricket Australia and Gabba staff working on a permanent fix.
âWe don’t provide the worldwide test cricket feed (like) we do the Big Bash,â explained James Brayshaw of Channel 7.
âWe’re only allowed to have four cameras inside the site to add to what’s called the global feed. Much of what you’ve seen over the past 40 minutes has been provided by the only four cameras allowed in the room.
âSo if you see weird angles, retro looking at the ball from behind and things like that, it’s because we don’t have control of anything other than the four cameras that we can get in there. inside.
âBut we hope we are now back to normal programming. “
The issues followed unrelated issues with the ICC’s refereeing and review systems during the first three days of the match.
It emerged on Thursday that the third referee was not monitoring no balls at Gabba because the associated technology had failed the day before.
It was a failed Snickometer on Friday that frustrated Australia as they tried unsuccessfully to sever a stubborn 159-year partnership between Joe Root and Dawid Malan.
“Snicko” uses a sensitive microphone to try to detect if a batter has hit the ball.
Australia examined a cry from Josh Hazlewood taken from behind when Malan was 16.
The Kookaburra was close to Malan’s batting tip, but there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn Paul Reiffel’s verdict on the pitch.
Malan insisted the episode was a non-event because he “missed it by a mile.”
The full suite of DRS devices are expected to be used during the day-to-night test, which begins Thursday at Adelaide Oval.
âJust the biggest series that has been played in a while and we have two pretty important pieces of technology that aren’t here,â Ricky Ponting noted on the Seven Network.
England’s Sam Billings, in Australia to play BBL with Sydney Thunder, was also stunned.
âNo snicko and no tech for no balls. Why? (For the greatest streak in cricketâ¦),â Billings posted on Twitter.
It is understood that match referee David Boon has kept both teams apprised of the technology issues.