KP infuriated by cheating allegations

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Batsman Kevin Pietersen has expressed disappointment and anger amid accusations that he – and other England and Australia players – are attempting to mislead HotSpot technology during the ongoing Ashes series.

Batsman Kevin Pietersen has expressed disappointment and anger amid accusations that he – and other England and Australia players – are attempting to mislead HotSpot technology during the ongoing Ashes series.

After a succession of Decision Review System controversies during the first three fixtures of the five-match affair, reports surfaced of an alleged new measure – designed to blindside the thermal imaging technology, which demonstrates bat-on-ball contact.

Pietersen is one of several players negatively affected by DRS incidents recently, given out caught behind on the final day at Old Trafford – despite HotSpot's indication to the contrary.

"Horrible journalism yet again! My name brought up in hotspot crisis, suggesting I use silicon to prevent nicks showing! Such hurtful lies," tweeted Pietersen.

"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 and hide a nick when it could save me on an LBW appeal, like in 1st innings where hotspot showed I nicked it."

The International Cricket Council's director of operations Geoff Allardice has, subsequently, traveled to Durham – to meet with both sides prior to the start of the fourth Test at the Riverside Ground on Friday.

"I find the accusation quite funny. 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 changerooms who is a cheat" added Australian skipper Michael Clarke.

"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."

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