Warren Brennan, who adapted Hot Spot technology for cricket and runs the company supplying the system, late on Friday night broke his silence on the controversy over batsmen possibly using silicone tape to prevent edges being detected – and did anything but back down.
Brennan claimed that "the majority of bats had some form of protective coating … strangely enough, this protective coating would cover only half the edge of the bat" and urged the ICC to ban all such coatings.
The England and Wales Cricket Board had demanded an explanation and apology from Channel 9 after the Australian broadcaster implied that Kevin Pietersen had used silicone tape on his bat to fool Hot Spot.
Far from apologising, the channel transmitted a follow-up report claiming that Brennan, a former employee who developed the Hot Spot technology, had met the ICC's general manager of cricket, Geoff Allardice – who subsequently flew to Durham to hold meetings with both teams before the start of the fourth Test – to express his concerns about the use of silicone tape.
Pietersen reacted by tweeting: "My name brought up in hotspot crisis suggesting I use silicon to prevent nicks showing! Such hurtful lies."
England and Australia will respond to the collapse in confidence in the decision review system that has occurred during the Ashes series by recommending at the International Cricket Council's meeting of chief executives next month a significant change in protocol, arguing that teams should no longer lose a review if their challenges are defeated by the umpire's call.
Under their proposals the DRS would remain weighted in favour of supporting the onfield umpires, who would retain the benefit of the doubt for marginal decisions. But in cases such as Jonny Bairstow's dismissal on the first day at the Riverside – when he called for a review after being given out lbw sweeping at Lyon, and Tony Hill's onfield decision was upheld by the third umpire, Marais Erasmus, because the replays showed that the ball was clipping the bails – England would not sacrifice one of the two incorrect reviews they are permitted.
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