The Ashes 2013: Hot Spot inventor apologises for Trott dismissal

Hot Spot error in Ashes 2013

The ICC chief executive Dave Richardson apologised to Giles Clarke, the chairman of the ECB, for the fact the Hotspot camera was not able to determine whether or not Trott edged a delivery from Mitchell Starc before it hit his front pad. Third umpire, Marais Erasmus, overturned the decision of on field official Aleem Dar to give Trott out lbw despite the fact the side on Hotspot image of the dismissal was not available.

A furious Andy Flower demanded an explanation from match referee Ranjan Madugalle, the ICC’s most senior official, over the lbw dismissal. England want to know why Trott was given out and if the the match officials followed the proper protocols.

Sky explained that the Hot Spot camera missed the Trott wicket as it was replaying Joe Root’s dismissal a ball earlier. Images cannot be replayed and played at the same time.

“He was given not out on the field and it is frustrating it got overruled,” James Anderson said. “He has hit the ball and he has been given not out. We are all for technology. Since it has come in, more decisions get given out correctly than wrongly. From our point of view we want it.”

The inventor of the Hotspot system also apologised blaming the malfunction on “operator error”.

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