England and Australia are set to rejoin their Ashes battle this morning, doubtless hoping for a rare day free of Decision Review System controversy.
Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke have spent more time than they might care to over the past two days issuing robust denials of claims that players have been using silicone tape to mask the evidence of Hot Spot technology to show up caught-behind edges.
It is unlikely they will find any lasting sanctuary out in the middle at the start of the fourth Investec Test in Chester-le-Street, however, after this summer’s apparently unending sequence of DRS controversies.
Cook is confident his team have been around long enough to deal with the noises off. “We’re an experienced bunch; we’ve been through a lot, and a lot of players have been through similar circumstances with a bit of controversy in the past,” he said.