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Pietersen furious as row erupts over ‘silicon bat’ investigation

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A cricket action shot as seen via Hotspot

The ICC has launched a probe into allegations some batsmen in the Ashes series have used silicon tape on the edge of their bats to confuse Hotspot technology, Australia's Channel Nine TV reported on Wednesday.

England cricketer Kevin Pietersen angrily slammed such allegations as "hurtful lies", admitting he is "furious" to have been linked with such suggestions of cheating.

On Wednesday, responding to the stories, he tweeted: "Horrible journalism yet again! My name brought up in hotspot crisis, suggesting I use silicon to prevent nicks showing! Such hurtful lies."

Pietersen went on to deny being a cheat, adding: "I am never afraid of getting out! If I nick it, I'll walk.. To suggest I cheat by covering my bat with silicon infuriates me.

"How stupid would I be to try & hide a nick when it could save me on an LBW appeal, like in 1st innings where hotspot showed I nicked it."

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Australia captain Michael Clarke also believes there is no basis for the allegations.

"I find the accusation quite funny," he said in quotes carried by the Australian media.

"I can't talk for everybody. But if it is the case, we are talking about cheating.

"I can tell you there is not one person in the Australian change-rooms who is a cheat.

"That's not the way we play cricket.

"I know no one is going to the extreme of saying 'put this on your bat because it will help you beat Hot Spot'.

"I didn't know there was such a thing you could do to hide nicking the ball on Hot Spot.

"I wouldn't think it would make any difference. I've never heard of anyone doing it."

A third tweet in under 20 minutes demonstrated Pietersen's annoyance.

"How stupid would I be to try and hide a nick when it could save me on an LBW appeal - like in 1st innings where hotspot showed I nicked it..," he asked his followers.

Players from both sides, meanwhile, are set to meet the ICC's director of operations Geoff Allardice before the fourth Test in Durham, which starts on Friday.

The ICC decided to fly the Australian out to speak to the teams and their coaches, in response to this summer's concern over the implementation of DRS.

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