Australia captain Michael Clarke backed his players, stating that none of his teammates have used silicone tapes on their bats to beat the controversial Decision Review System (DRS).
The DRS is in the news in the ongoing Ashes for all wrong reasons after concerns were raised following England batsman Kevin Pietersen's dismissal in the final innings of the third Test. Express Exclusive: Dalmiya doesn't see any hope for DRS in present form
Pietersen was adjudged out after an edge was not picked up by Hotspot but was confirmed by 'Snicko' technology and other audio evidence.
But reports soon emerged in Australian media that Pietersen might have used silicon tapes on his blade to subvert Hot Spot technology. Also read: ICC dismisses reports on investigation into players
According to reports, the ICC has also sent its director of cricket operations, Geoff Allardice, to Durham this week to talk to both the sides and clarify the confusion over the DRS.
Clarke, however, defended his team and said no player was using silicon tape for cheating the technology in any way. Also read: Umpire strikes back
"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 change rooms who is a cheat," Clarke was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald. Also read: Men have failed the machine
"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," he added.
Clarke said covering bats with fibre glasses was a common practice but he has never heard of anything which lessens the impact of HotSpot.
"I've used fibreglass facing on my bats since I got my first bat from Slazenger when I was 12. I used a fibreglass face on the bat because we couldn't afford two or three or five or 10 cricket bats," he said.