Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke jumps to defence of Aussies in Hot Spot row

MICHAEL Clarke has strongly denied any Australians cheated the DRS as the ICC refuted claims it was investigating allegations some players used silicone tape on their bats to fool Hot Spot.

In the latest DRS drama to rock what has already been a highly contentious Ashes series, Channel 9 reported on Wednesday night that concerns were raised after a series of issues with the infrared technology over the past month, the most recent being Kevin Pietersen's dismissal in the final innings of the third Test when the English batsman unsuccessfully tried to have a decision overturned by the video umpire.

The attempt failed despite Hot Spot technology, whose inventor Warren Brennan is Australian,  not recording an edge, although sound detectors picked up a clear noise as the ball passed the bat.

Pietersen was furious as he walked off the field.

He launched an angry response at being linked to the allegations on Twitter on Wednesday night, describing suggestions he had cheated as ''lies''.

The ICC has sent its director of cricket operations, Geoff Allardice, to Durham this week to meet both sides in an effort to clarify confusion over the DRS, which has marred cricket's showpiece Test series.

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