Ashes: ICC sticking with Hot Spot for final two Ashes Tests of the summer
Hot Spot will be used in the final two Ashes Tests, the International Cricket Council has confirmed.
Last Updated: 08/08/13 4:45pm
The International Cricket Council is sticking with the technology despite a row over its effectiveness in the fallout from the third Test at Old Trafford.
England's Kevin Pietersen was given out caught behind despite Hot Spot failing to detect an edge, and an Australian television channel later alleged players might be applying silicon to their bats in a deliberate attempt to cheat the system.
England have asked for an apology over that claim, and the ICC was quick to rubbish reports of an investigation into any player.
In the meantime cricket's governing body sent director of operations Geoff Allardice to Durham to discuss the use of the Decision Review System with both teams ahead of the fourth Test.
Those talks have now taken place, and both England and Australia have backed the continued use of Hot Spot as part of the DRS.
Allardice said: "Hot Spot is an advanced technology that helps us to detect edges. It is conclusive - when there is a mark we know the bat has hit the ball.
"In working with the operator over several years, we know that the majority of edges are detected by Hot Spot, but there are occasions when a fine edge isn't picked up.
"If there is no mark on Hot Spot, the TV umpire can use replays from different angles to see whether the ball has deflected off the bat, and he can listen to the sound from the stump-microphone to determine whether the batsman has edged the ball. Either deflection or sound can be used by the TV umpire to make his final judgment."
The ongoing series has been beset by arguments over the umpires' interpretation of the DRS as a whole, and both teams have at one time or another asked the ICC to clarify decisions made with the help of the system.
Allardice said: "We acknowledge that the DRS has not performed as effectively during the past three Tests as it has in other series.
"The purpose of my visit was to meet with the teams to listen to their feedback, and to identify potential improvements to DRS moving forward.
"It was very encouraging to hear both teams reiterate their support for the use of DRS. Some of the ideas that were suggested during the meetings could improve the system, and will be considered further by the ICC."