News – Cricket: Australia coach Darren Lehmann speaks to the press ahead of the Ashes.


  • A FRESH “cheatgate” scandal has erupted in India after Sri Lankan allrounder Dilruwan Perera was busted looking towards his dressing rooms before choosing to challenge his dismissal via the Decision Review System.
  • Perera’s referral has opened a can of worms on the eve of the Ashes with commentators calling for immediate changes to the rules surrounding players looking for advice before challenging umpiring decisions.
  • Perera successfully challenged an LBW decision off the bowling of Mohammed Shami during the first innings of the first Test in Kolkata after he was originally given out by umpires Richard Kettleborough and Nigel Llong.
  • It lead to public calls for the ICC to clamp down on the vague rules surrounding that a batsman is allowed to do with the 15 seconds they are allowed under the rules to use before notifying the umpire if they intend to challenge an on-field decision.
  • ICC Standard Test Match Playing Conditions for 2016-17 rules state that the umpire has the ability to reject a DRS challenge if he believes the protesting batsman or bowler has received any input from players off the field.

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