Australia captain Michael Clarke dismisses claims of bat tampering

Clarke denies 'cheat' claims
© AP Photos
Michael Clarke insists that not one member of the Australia team has used silicon-based tapes to cheat HotSpot following accusations.

Australia captain Michael Clarke has insisted that he and his teammates are not guilty of tampering with their bats in order to cheat DRS system HotSpot.

According to reports in Australia, players have been accused of using a silicon-based adhesive tape on the edges of their bats in order to prevent HotSpot from detecting when a ball has been nicked.

The accusations followed England batsman Kevin Pietersen's being given out by the umpire during the second innings of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford, despite HotSpot failing to pick up an edge.

"I find the accusation quite funny," Fox Sports quotes Clarke as saying. "I can't talk for everybody but if it is the case we are talking about cheating, I tell you there is not one person in the Australian changerooms 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 HotSpot'."

Pietersen reacted angrily to the accusations on Twitter this morning.

Share this article now:
Andrew Strauss on August 20, 2012
Read Next:
Strauss: 'England face battle to win series'
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account