Monday, March 9, 2009

“Hot Spot” Technology to be used in Australian Series

CRICKET'S administering anatomy has accepted Australia's additional Test against South Africa in Durban from Friday will include "Hot Spot" technology for referrals to the third umpire.

The technology, which wasn't accessible for last week's first Test in Johannesburg, will also be in use for the third Test in Cape Town later this month. It's the fourth series in which the referral system has been trialled; the first time Australia and South Africa.

Both teams are allowed two unsuccessful requests for reviews of decisions per innings, but some decisions referred to third umpire Asad Rauf in Johannesburg weren't clear-cut, especially a caught-behind decision against Mark Boucher which the South Africa batsman felt had absent his bat. Australia captain Ricky Ponting and South Africa skipper Graeme Smith have welcomed the use of the technology for the reminder of the series.

"Hot Spot" images will be accessible to the third umpire in the event of a player requesting a decision to be reviewed, the ICC said in a statement. "Hot Spot" will use infra red cameras at each end of the ground.

"By having Hot Spot accessible it means the television official will have even more information at his disposal if he is called upon, via a appeal for a review, to assist the on-field umpires with a decision and that has to be a acceptable thing," ICC general manager of Criket, David Richardson said.

"It also means that when the ICC Cricket Committee meets in May to consider the affair of the technology trial it will have a much more complete picture of the aids accessible for use and whether, and if so how well, they formed in a match situation."

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