No Hot Spot for Ashes series

Australia

Hot Spot technology will not be included in the Decision Review System during the Ashes series in Australia later this year.

Hot Spot technology will not be included in the Decision Review System during the Ashes series in Australia later this year.

The host broadcaster, Channel Nine, confirmed that negotiations with the infra-red system's inventor, Warren Brennan, had broken down.

The device, which uses heat sensors to detect contact between the ball, bat and pads, subsequently, will not feature in the showpiece five-Test affair – underway in Brisbane on 21 November.

"It's their decision and that's what's been communicated to us. As far as I'm concerned, it is final," Brennan told <i>Fairfax Media</i>.

"We're just moving on with things. Channel Nine have got a new deal with Cricket Australia which I know has cost them a lot more money. I gather there had to be some restructuring of costs."

The development leaves the ball-tracking component, Hawk Eye – audio evidence picked up by stump microphones – and slow-motion replays as the remaining tools at the disposal of the third official.

Trust in the Hot Spot technology was severely tested during the first leg of the back-to-back Ashes series, won three-nil by England in August.

While match umpires were criticised for poor decisions, Hot Spot was at the centre of a succession of contentious verdicts involving fine edges.

The dismissal of Australia's Usman Khawaja at Old Trafford even convinced Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland to seek clarification from the International Cricket Council.

In a dramatic lead-up to the fourth Test in Durham there were allegations, aired by Channel Nine, that players were using silicon coating on their bat to limit the effectiveness of Hot Spot.

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