DRS to make maiden appearance in a women's bilateral series in England during West Indies tour

DRS will be available for the five T20Is between England and West Indies Getty Images

The Decision Review System (DRS) will be available in a women's bilateral series in England for the first time during West Indies' tour, with the five-match T20I series starting Monday.

The technology was available throughout the last two T20 World Cups, and in the ten televised games in the 50-over World Cup in 2017, but has only occasionally been used outside of them in women's cricket. New Zealand used the technology in their series against India at the start of 2019 and against South Africa in early 2020, with India captain Mithali Raj critical of the "irregular" use of the system in the women's game and calling for its permanent introduction.

Last summer, both teams in the women's Ashes called for DRS to be introduced in bilateral internationals after England batter Fran Wilson was incorrectly given out lbw in the first ODI, with replays showing that the ball had hit her glove rather than her pad.

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"You always want the best as players, and DRS is the best," Heather Knight, England's captain, said. "I'd imagine the reason, as usual in women's cricket, is money, as to why we don't have it.

"I think potentially not having it affects the spectacle of the game. Sometimes decisions go your way and it's obviously the same for both sides but in an ideal world we would have DRS."

Matthew Mott, the Australia coach, said, "I must admit I think if you've got the technology there and you've got enough cameras, it should come in. It certainly makes sense for me to have it if we can."

Under the ICC's playing conditions, the use of DRS in women's internationals is at the discretion of the participating boards, as is the case in men's internationals.

England's series against West Indies begins on Monday, with all five T20Is being played behind closed doors at Derby. Both sides will have two reviews available per innings, in all five matches.

1140, September 21 - This story was updated to reflect the use of technology in New Zealand's home series