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Channel Nine Drops Hot Spot for Ashes Cricket, Herald Reports

The Hot Spot infrared camera technology used to help cricket umpires make decisions by detecting edges won’t be used in the Ashes series starting next month, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Nine Entertainment Co.’s Channel Nine dropped the system, which uses heat readings to analyze whether there has been contact between the ball and the bat or batsman’s pads, because of concerns over its cost and reliability, the Herald said.

“It’s their decision and that’s what’s been communicated to us,” Hot Spot’s inventor Warren Brennan was cited as saying by the 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.”

Hot Spot’s absence restricts television umpires to using ball-tracking software, audio evidence from stump microphones and slow-motion replays when England or Australia review an on-field umpire’s decision during the five-match Ashes, which starts Nov. 21 in Brisbane.

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