NZ cricket to continue using Hot Spot technology despite drop from Ashes

Wellington: New Zealand Cricket plans to continue using the controversial Hot Spot technology when the West Indies visit the country despite the system being taken away in Australia.

According to, Channel Nine, which holds the broadcast rights for Test Cricket in Australia, won`t be using the infrared replays for next month`s Ashes series due to cost and the doubts over its accuracy, which were raised during the series in England.

However, NZC has no such concerns, and its head of operations, Lindsay Crocker, confirmed Sky TV would continue to use Hot Spot to check for ball on bat, as well as Virtual Eye ball tracking for decision reviews, the report said.

Crocker said Hot Spot was clearly not foolproof, but it was still an important tool in the DRS, used alongside other technology.

Crocker expected the West Indies would have no issue with Hot Spot being used when the playing conditions are finalised for the three tests in December, the report added.