Trent Bridge, August 1: After former England captain Michael Vaughan stirred up a hornet's nest by suggesting that Indian batsman VVS Laxman had applied vaseline on his bat to hoodwink the Hot-Spot into failing to detect edges, the firm to which the facility is patented will conduct a series of tests on the device.
The debate over the technology came into sharp focus on Day 3 when England thought they had Laxman caught behind. A review was inconclusive and the batsman survived in an incident that shed light onto the possible flays of the system.
The owner of Hot Spot, Warren Brennan has already come on record to state that the device's accuracy is nearly cent per cent, although it can be impacted by such things as sunlight and the velocity of the batting stroke.
"I would imagine that Vaseline would restrict the friction of the ball hitting the bat so if you reduce the friction you are going to reduce the Hot Spot," Brennan told a leading cricket website. He went on to say that even stickers on the edge of the bat can confuse the technology.
"I had this conversation with the ICC... and told them that we are noticing some of these stickers tend to reflect heat a bit like a mirror. The ICC said if that is the case they might have to look changing the regulations so that the side of the bat does not have any advertising, no stickers."
There have been several times when Hot Spot has proved inconclusive in caught-behind decisions. During the Ashes in January this year, Kevin Pietersen survived at Melbourne, which infuriated Aussie captain Ricky Ponting, while at Sydney Ian Bell also survived a similar appeal.