Australia and South Africa go head-to-head this week as they embark on a four-match Test series beginning on Thursday.
The latter haven’t won a home Test series against the Aussies since 1970, whilst the visitors are set to name an unchanged XI that claimed a 4-0 Ashes win over England.
Australia are undoubtedly the favourites going into the clash, but it seems they’re not completely settled as they look ahead to Thursday, with one issue posing a problem.
Ahead of their trip to Durban, Australia have asked for the stump microphones to be turned down when the ball is not in play.
This is because the Aussies don’t want their in-game conversations to be broadcasted to the public watching at home as the ball is dead.
Channel 9 in Australia have microphones that are turned up and down during the game by an operator as each ball is bowled.
Although the microphones are turned down during the break between deliveries and overs, in South Africa, the mics are left on more often.
With that in mind, Australia have issued a request to the local broadcaster and match officials to keep the sound turned down during the first Test.
Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon also had his say on the matter: "What happens on the field stays on the field," he said, via The Sydney Morning Herald.
"We're all grown men. We compete hard. We know where the line is. We headbutt it probably, but we are not going to go over the line.
"It's a mental game as well as a physical game. If something is going to be said, then no doubt it will be said from both camps.
“I know when I go out to bat I get a warm welcome from most of them. It's part of the game. It's Test-match cricket, it's challenging, it's competitive, you're playing for your country. It's a great battle. We pay the South Africans a lot of respect and I've got no doubt that goes both ways.
“It is going to be one hell of a series and I’m pretty excited about it."
So it seems Australia want the microphones turned down to stop viewers from listening to what is being said, but whether local broadcasters follow their plea is a different matter.News Now - Sport News