More video technology needed in Women’s World Cup, says Dane van Niekerk

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Third-umpire and decision review facilities need to be made available in every women’s World Cup fixture, says South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk, who believes a misjudged run-out dismissal against Australia on Saturday potentially cost her side victory.

All rounder Marizanne Kapp was given out by on-field umpire Chris Brown after Alex Blackwell’s superb direct hit, but replays showed the dangerous South African had comfortably made her ground.


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Brown was unable to verify his decision with a third umpire given the Australia-South Africa clash wasn’t being broadcast live.

Third umpiring and decision reviews have been a part of this women’s World Cup for the first time, but those luxuries are only available in the 10 matches on the broadcast schedule – one per round in the pool phase which is now complete, plus the two semi-finals and Sunday’s decider.

Every other match is streamed, but not broadcast live into the UK, so the third umpire and DRS technology in the 21 remaining matches of this World Cup hasn’t been made available.

“Throughout this whole tournament with the streaming and having all these nice things around, you kind of see what we’ve been missing – that’s very important to have,” van Niekerk said.

“Umpires are human, they have to make those split-second decisions, he felt that it was out but at the end of the day I think that’s what’s needed in women’s cricket. He doesn’t have the luxury of TV – in crucial moments in the match, it makes a difference.

“When I checked it from our area, her hands were in before it even hit the stumps. That was a changing moment in the game because she was hitting it really well. Maybe something would’ve changed there.”

Kapp’s dismissal wasn’t the first umpiring howler of the World Cup.

Australia was on the wrong end of a bad call in their first game of the tournament against the West Indies when Chedean Nation fell short of her ground as she slid her bat to complete a second run, only to not be given not out.

Replays showed on that occasion that the batter should have been sent back to the pavilion.

“It’d be really nice to have that opportunity to go to the third umpire wherever possible,” Australian star Ellyse Perry said.

“We’ve got the streaming facilities. I’m not a tech expert but potentially if there was a way of setting that up, I think that’d be great going forward.

“The umpires have got an incredibly tough job on calling those tight run outs. A lot of the times those really tight ones, or the ones tight to the naked eye are often out. I don’t at all blame him for giving it [Kapp] out.”

South Africa’s 59-run loss to Australia meant they finished fourth, and will now play top-placed England in Bristol on Tuesday with a spot in Sunday’s final at Lord’s the prize.

Second-placed Australia headed to Derby on Sunday to prepare for their semi-final against India, who secured their spot in the knockout phase with a dominant win over New Zealand on Saturday.

Australia beat India by eight wickets last week in Bristol, with captain Meg Lanning and Perry combining for an unbeaten stand of 124 to secure the win.

Lanning missed the South Africa clash with her ongoing shoulder injury but is expected to be available for the semi-final, while Perry continued her brilliant form with the bat again racking up a fifth-consecutive half century.

She expected a much-improved Indian side from the one Australia dismantled last week.

“They’ve played some really good cricket and we maybe didn’t come up against them at their strongest the other day,” Perry said.

“It’s probably really great for this tournament and for women’s cricket that India are in the semi-finals. They obviously bring a huge audience from back home and a lot of attention to the game, so I think they’ll probably feel that as well.

“I expect them to be really tough, they probably left a few things unattended against us the other day that we know they’re really dangerous, they’ve got a great couple of batters and some really dangerous bowlers.”


Source: einnews.com