Australia's Ashes broadcaster Channel Nine has scrapped the Hot Spot for the return series Down Under.
In an exclusive report in the The Syndey Morning Herald, Hot Spot's Australian inventor Warren Brennan confirmed that the decision-review device, which uses heat readings to analyse whether there has been contact between the ball and the bat and pads, would be unavailable for the much-awaited series.
"It's their decision and that's what's been communicated to us. As far as I'm concerned, it is final," Brennan said. "We're just moving on with things. Channel Nine have got a new deal with Cricket Australia which I know has cost them a lot more money. I gather there had to be some restructuring of costs."