ICC to stick with Hot Spot
Hot Spot will continue to be used for the rest of the Ashes despite an ICC admission that the technology had "not performed as effectively".
The Decision Review System (DRS), and most significantly Hot Spot, has come under intense review during the series which will resume with the fourth Investec Test at Chester-le-Street on Friday.
Amid the controversy the ICC has flown specialist Geoff Allardice to speak to both teams in discussions described as "very constructive".
Following those meetings the ICC confirmed that Hot Spot would be used in the final two Tests of a series England lead 2-0.
"We acknowledge that the DRS has not performed as effectively during the past three Tests as it has in other series," Allardice said in an ICC statement.
"The purpose of my visit was to meet with the teams to listen to their feedback, and to identify potential improvements to DRS moving forward.
"It was very encouraging to hear both teams reiterate their support for the use of DRS.
"Some of the ideas that were suggested during the meetings could improve the system, and will be considered further by the ICC."
The ICC's backing of Hot Spot comes amid further claims from Channel 9 that Hot Spot's inventor, Warren Brennan, has raised "serious conerns" with them over apparent flaws in the system.
Yesterday's claims that players were cheating the thermal-imaging system by covering the edges of their bats with silicone tape were quickly rebuked by the ICC as well as players from both England and Australia.
Channel 9 has, however, today made further claims suggesting that Brennan met with Allardice last week to discuss his concerns and that tests had revealed the effectiveness of silicone tape in hiding bat-on-ball edges.
"As such, extensive testing was carried out," the network alleged.
"What that testing showed was that once a second layer of tape is applied to the bat (then) contact with the ball is undetectable."
It has been claimed the Hot Spot inventor was then told to keep quiet over his concerns.
The ICC were not immediately available for comment when contacted by Press Association Sport.
England captain Alastair Cook backed the ICC's decision to maintain the status quo on DRS, despite the controversy it has endured during the series so far.
"I think that be would a very dangerous precedent to set in the middle of a series," said Cook, before laughing off Channel 9's 'silicone tape' allegations as a "complete fabrication".
"Both sides have laughed at it to be honest with you, at how strange a story it is and absurd, it's just so blatantly not true," he said.
"It's not great when you're called a cheat."
The England and Wales Cricket Board has requested that Channel 9 offers an apology to batsman Kevin Pietersen after he was implicated in their allegations.
Pietersen hit out at the claims on his Twitter page on Wednesday.
"Horrible journalism yet again!" he wrote.
"My name brought up in hotspot crisis, suggesting I use silicone to prevent nicks showing! Such hurtful lies.
"I am never afraid of getting out! If I nick it, I'll walk ... to suggest I cheat by covering my bat with silicone infuriates me."