Hot Spot removed from Ashes series

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“The disappointing thing for us is that Cricket Australia didn’t engage at all with us to try and come on board and help with this situation”

The Hot Spot technology will not be available during the second leg of the Ashes series in Australia after Channel Nine decided against using it.

Decisions will now have to be based upon the Eagle Eye ball-tracker, audio from the stump microphones and slow-motion replays.

Warren Brennan, the inventor of Hot Spot confirmed that the decision had been finalised.

“It’s their decision and that’s what has been communicated to us,” Brennan told the Sydney Morning Herald. “As far as I’m concerned, it is final.

“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 cost of using Hot Spot is approximately AUD 10,000 per day, which puts the series total at around AUD 250,000.

Hot Spot was heavily criticised by Channel Nine throughout the recent Ashes series in England, especially during the third Test in Manchester, where the broadcasting company claimed that England batsman Kevin Pietersen, along with a few other players, were using silicone tape on the edges of their bats to deceive the technology.

Brennan recently released a statement which called on all batsmen to remove the protective coating from their bats.

“The point that I was trying to make was that it does significantly affect us,” he said. “The testing that we’ve done, and I haven’t released that testing yet, is that when the coatings are on it does affect the Hot Spot signature.”

Brennan was also extremely disappointed that Cricket Australia had done nothing to intervene or reverse Channel Nine’s decision not to use Hot Spot.

“I don’t have a beef with Channel Nine,” Brennan said. “The disappointing thing for us is that Cricket Australia didn’t engage at all with us to try and come on board and help with this situation. They just said, ‘No, it’s got nothing to do with us. It’s Channel Nine’s responsibility.’ What’s disappointing is we work in four countries at the moment – well, until recently. Cricket Australia is the only body that doesn’t contribute to our costs for the DRS components.

“New Zealand contribute directly to us, the ECB contribute and also South Africa. My only beef is with Cricket Australia because we tried to engage with them several weeks ago and they refused. We need to continue to invest and improve the product so that everybody thinks it’s getting better. If bodies like Cricket Australia won’t come on board and contribute to that, there’s not really any point in us continuing.”

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