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    Pietersen, Clarke express anger over 'silicone' allegations

    Kevin Pietersen and Michael Clarke have expressed their anger over the allegations that the batsmen in the Ashes tried to mislead the Hotspot technology by putting silicone tape on the edge of their bats.

    The ongoing Ashes series has already been marred by controversies involving the inconsistency of the Decision Review System (DRS), part of which is Hotspot thermal imaging technology. Australia batsman Usman Khawaja was at the centre of controversy when he was given out during the second Test at Old Trafford despite a review of the television pictures and Hotspot which showed no convincing evidence of a nick off the bat. Cricket Australia later requested an explanation from the ICC over the dismissal.

    Pietersen was given caught behind on the last day of the third Test when there was no perceived mark in the Hotspot when the batsman went on to refer the decision. Pietersen showed his anger on Twitter. "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 & hide a nick when it could save me on an LBW appeal, like in 1st innings where hotspot showed I nicked it."

    Clarke also took strong objections to the claims: "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," he was quoted as saying.

    "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."

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) has, however, launched a probe into allegations that some batsmen in the Ashes series have used silicone tape on the edge of their bats to confuse Hotspot technology.

    Hotspot's Australian inventor, Warren Brennan, was reported in the British media to be preparing a statement on the technology for release on Wednesday.