England vs Australia broadcast in chaos as world feed goes down during Ashes opener

England vs Australia broadcast in chaos as world feed goes down during Ashes opener

Cricket fans hoping to watch day four of the first Ashes Test between England and Australia were left disappointed after a power outage at the Gabba affected the world feed.

BT Sport viewers in the UK were unable to watch the Test for a while, before pictures returned with just the one camera available.

The commentary from host broadcaster Fox also went down, with BT presenter Matt Smith and pundits Alastair Cook and Steve Harmison doing their best to provide commentary.

Cricket Australia revealed that there had been a power issue at the ground which affected the broadcast compound.

As a result, the world feed and the decision review system was unavailable, with no backup generator at the ground.

The issue was yet another example of a technology problem at the Test, with the third umpire severely limited with the technology at his disposal.

Snicko, which is used to detect edges, and the technology which allows the third umpire to monitor no-balls have both been unavailable throughout the Test.

These problems direct result of Queensland’s border closure, with Cricket Australia saying they were prevented from getting enough technical support to the Gabba to fix any issues.

The world feed did eventually return, but fans were not happy, taking to social media to voice their displeasure.

One wrote: “Not good enough! Why not contingency for the paying public? Did you not foresee/consider this sort of issue???”

“Wonderful stuff,” added a second. “Just when we thought lack of RTS was our biggest issue…”

“More of a shambles than England’s batting,” joked a third.

England lost four early wickets in the morning session on day four
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On the field, England got off to a terrible start on day four, losing four key wickets in the first session.

Dawid Malan and Joe Root both failed to convert their impressive knocks on day three into centuries, with Malan falling to Lyon for 82 and Root getting caught behind for 89.

Ollie Pope and Ben Stokes were also dismissed cheaply as England fell to 266-6.

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