Home > News >

Ashes 2013: Hot Spot inventor apologises for Jonathan Trott howler

Ashes 2013: Hot Spot inventor apologises for Jonathan Trott howler

Jonathan Trott was given out leg before wicket after hot spot failed to show an inside edge. Normal replay suggested a deflection from the bat before it struck his pads © Getty Images

Nottingham: Jul 12, 2013

The inventor of the Hot Spot thermal imaging replay system has apologised to England after Jonathan Trott was given out by the third umpire on the second day of the first Ashes Test.

England collapsed to 11 for two in their second innings against Australia at Trent Bridge on Thursday after Joe Root and Trott, out for a duck, fell to successive Mitchell Starc deliveries.

Root chose not to challenge his decision, even though replays suggested he would have been reprieved, as technology indicated he had made no contact with the ball before being caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

Next ball, Pakistani on-field umpire Aleem Dar initially gave Trott not out in reply to Australia’s lbw appeal.
Australia challenged his decision and South African third umpire Marais Erasmus overturned Dar’s original verdict despite the fact the side-on Hot Spot image of the dismissal, which might have confirmed whether Trott had in fact edged the ball first, was not available.

Angry England coach Andy Flower demanded an explanation from match referee Ranjan Madugalle, the International Cricket Council’s most senior official, over the lbw dismissal while bowler James Anderson called it “very frustrating.”

An ICC spokesman said Friday the global governing body “don’t have a comment to make, because this was an umpiring decision”.

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

Meanwhile the inventor of the Hot Spot system apologised for an “operator error”.

“Here is the absolute truth from our perspective in regard to the Trott incident,” Warren Brennan told ESPNcricinfo.

“It was operator error. My operator did not trigger the system in order to cater for the Trott delivery.

“Instead the operator sat on the Root delivery in order to offer a replay from the previous ball and did not realise until it was too late that he should have triggered the system for the Trott delivery as the priority.
“Simple mistake, something that anyone could have made but my Hot Spot operator has worked on the system since 2007 and to my knowledge this is the first serious mistake he has made.”

Hot Spot is provided by an independent company for both Sky and the ICC.

Dar seemed bewildered when told he had to give Trott out and the batsman himself was aghast and later the “Snickometer”, which is not part of the official review system, revealed a thin edge.

But neither this nor the square leg Hot Spot angle were available to Erasmus, who was able to view only shots picked up from behind the bowler’s arm, which showed no mark on the bat.

Normally the third umpire overturns a decision only if there is conclusive evidence of an error. England eventually reached 80 for two, a lead of 15 runs, at stumps on the second day.

But they left Trent Bridge convinced they should have been better placed after another contentious third umpire decision went against them.

“It was a shocking decision,” former England captain Bob Willis told Sky Sports television.

“It cost England dearly. That was a terrible decision and it may lose the game for England,” he added, calling Trott’s exit “staggeringly bad — unbelievable”.

The 49-year-old Erasmus is due to stand in the next two Ashes Tests and officiate as third umpire in the fourth.

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of England 2014

Aug 15, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at London

More

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014  at Southampton

England won by 266 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Photos

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test

Videos

Highlights of Phil Hughes' double ton

5 things you need to know about Graham Thorpe

India vs England 2014, 4th Test at Old Trafford: Ajinkya Rahane needs to play decisive role

10 little-known facts about Sir Frank Worrell

Statistical analysis of Jacques Kallis’s ODI career

England England vs India England vs India 2014 Ian Bell India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Jacques Kallis James Anderson Moeen Ali South Africa Sri Lanka

Alastair Cook calls on England to repeat India win in 4th Test at Old Trafford

Azhar Mahmood aims to raise money for mental health patients

Indian-origin Israeli cricketers don army uniforms in armed conflict

India to announce ODI squad for England on August 7

England should maintain good performance, even if James Anderson misses out: Geoffrey Boycott

India vs England 2014, 4th Test at Old Trafford: Should Umesh Yadav be sent as cover for Ishant Sharma?

5 things you need to know about Graham Thorpe

India vs England 2014, 4th Test at Old Trafford: Ajinkya Rahane needs to play decisive role

Faisal Iqbal: Political interference has caused harm to my international career

Ray Markham — The Press Box Scorer who made it from the Loft to Lord’s

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

658 Posts | 6 Fans

Sachin Tendulkar's nine dismissals against James Anderson

India made 16 requests to Twitter for user information in the first half of 2014

Rafael to miss rest of Man Utd’s tour of the USA with groin injury

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai: Hina Khan and Karan Mehra aka Akshara- Naitik celebrate the 1500th episode!

Kick box office collection: Salman Khan’s action flick earns Rs 164.09 crore in one week!

Prevent Diabetes Tip – get regular health check-ups

Google brings 76 more India heritage sites and rare archives online

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here