BT Sport forced to show Ashes first Test using ONE camera after Gabba power issue causes Fox Sports to lose live feed

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BT Sport forced to show Ashes first Test using ONE camera after Gabba power issue causes Fox Sports to lose live feed

Power problems at the Gabba meant that BT Sport were forced to broadcast the fourth day of the first Test using only one camera.

Viewers across the globe missed five-and-a-half overs of England’s second innings when the world feed of host broadcaster Fox Sports went down.

BT Sport's single camera was ridiculed by Sir Alistair Cook

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BT Sport’s single camera was ridiculed by Sir Alistair Cook
BT Sport has to make amends after Fox Sports' live feed goes down

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BT Sport has to make amends after Fox Sports’ live feed goes downcredit: AP
Marcus Harris scored Australia's winning runs

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Marcus Harris scored Australia’s winning runscredit: getty

This meant that BT Sport and Australian broadcaster Channel Seven were unable to show live footage.

But BT Sport improvised and set up a single camera positioned at third man and long on the boundary.

Cricket Australia clarified the situation, tweeting: “The Gabba has a power problem affecting broadcasts around the world. Hope to be back soon!”

And the power outage was not the only problem.

All the technology of the entire ground including DRS was stalled for about 25 minutes.

Gabba has been battling technical issues – the other day there was a defect in the front-foot technique used to monitor the no ball.


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This meant that out of 13 no-balls bowled by Ben Stokes in Australia’s first innings, only one was called.

Some are criticizing the decision to use the Gabba as a venue because of the very strict COVID restrictions in Queensland.

As a result, the Snickometer – which tests sound and video and can determine whether the batsman has hit the ball – was also unavailable due to engineers being unable to travel to Queensland.

Sir Alistair Cook, who is providing analysis for BT Sport, commented: “It’s like what my dad used to record watching me play in the back garden.”

He was not the only one to mock the situation, with many expressing their dismay on social media.

One fan said: “Dear God get the Ashes from BT Sport ASAP, this is ridiculous.”

Another said: “Bt Sport doing Ashes coverage is nothing short of an insult.”

A third said: “Did someone from England pull the plug on Fox Sports coverage?”

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