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Hot Spot withdrawn for Ashes series

The inventor of Hot Spot has announced that the technology will not be available for this winter’s Ashes series.

Host broadcaster Channel 9 has decided not to use the system in its coverage, according to creator Mark Brennan in the Sydney Morning Herald.

This means that the TV umpire will not have access to the infrared device when making a ruling.

The use of Decision Review System (DRS) is decided on by both parties, but the choice of which technology is used is down to the broadcaster.

The ICC said: “The ICC was aware that this was a possibility. The DRS can still be used if Hot Spot is not available, but this is a matter for CA (Cricket Australia) and its broadcaster to resolve.

“The DRS allows the TV umpire to use the available and approved broadcast technologies to correct umpiring errors - the focus of the TV umpire will not change."

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