Cricket: Cricket chiefs deny any ‘cheat’ inquiry

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There are no plans to investigate alleged attempts by players to “cheat” Hot Spot technology in this summer’s Ashes.

Cricket’s world governing body, the ICC, has responded to reports that it was about to launch an inquiry into the possible use of silicone tape to prevent Hot Spot picking up edges on caught-behind appeals, by dismissing them out of hand.

England batsman Kevin Pietersen and Australia captain Michael Clarke have already made it clear that silicone is not being used, as far as they know.

ICC chief executive David Richardson has made it clear that, although ICC general manager Geoff Allardice is flying to Durham before the fourth Investec Test (which starts tomorrow) to speak to players, his journey has nothing to do with any investigation.

Richardson said: “These media reports are totally incorrect.

“Geoff Allardice is meeting with both teams and umpires to see how we can best use the DRS and the available technology, going forward, in the next two Test matches. “It has nothing to do with any (individual) players.”

Pietersen was one of a clutch of players involved in this summer’s Ashes moved to dismiss this morning’s reports that a new practice of using silicone tape, is rife, designed to defeat the thermal imaging technology which demonstrates bat-on-ball contact.

Pietersen, one of several players to have been affected by DRS incidents this summer, was given out caught-behind on the final day in Manchester even though Hot Spot indicated he had not hit the ball.

“My name brought up in hotspot crisis, suggesting I use silicone to prevent nicks showing, such hurtful lies,” said Pietersen on Twitter.

“I am never afraid of getting out and if I nick it, I’ll walk . To suggest I cheat by covering my bat with silicone infuriates me,” adding: “How stupid would I be to try and hide a nick when it could save me on an lbw appeal - like in the first innings where hotspot showed I nicked it?”

England go into the Fourth Test leading 2-0 and having retained the Ashes but still with question marks some aspects of their play.

Michael Clarke’s side produced a much improved showing at Old Trafford and believe they have turned a corner and their renewed confidence can see them beat England this time.

Clarke also dismissed the allegations saying that what was alleged amounted to cheating - “and we have no cheats in our dressing room,” he added.

Durham’s Graham Onions could get a recall to the England side on his home ground, probably at the expense of Yorkshire’s Tim Bresnan who was pictured in some national newspapers this week, along with Joe Root, smoking outside a bar as the England squad celebrated retaining the urn.

Chris Tremlett is also in the squad.