Hot Spot set for Ashes axe
Controversial technology will not be used in Australia this winter
Hotspot will not be available during the upcoming ashes series in Australia, after Channel Nine chose to remove the technology.
The infrared camera technology, which is used to to judge whether the ball made contact with the bat and pads, caused mass controversy at the summer ashes in England during which the Australian Prime Minister called the decision to dismiss Usman Khawaja’ as "one of the worst umpiring decisions" he had ever seen.
Warren Brennan, the inventor of the hotspot, says financial factors influenced the decision to axe the technology. The cost of installing it is around $10,000 per day, costing around $250,000 per test.
Speaking to The Sunday Morning Herald, Brennan said: "It's their decision and that's what's been communicated to us. As far as I'm concerned, it is final".
He also claimed that Cricket Australia refused to help with costs towards the hotspot.
"I don't have a beef with Channel Nine. 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.
“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 [England and Wales Cricket Board] contribute and also South Africa.
“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.” he added.
Other technology will still be available to third umpires for the tests in Australia, including audio evidence Hawk eye and slow motion replays.
The first Ashes test will commence in Brisbane on November 21.
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