Ashes - ICC, Pietersen hit out over Hot Spot allegation reports

The International Cricket Council has no plans to investigate alleged attempts by players to "cheat" Hot Spot technology in this summer's Ashes.

Cricket's world governing body has responded to reports, that it was about to launch an inquiry into the possible use of silicone tape to prevent Hot Spot picking up edges on caught-behind appeals, by dismissing them out of hand.

England batsman Kevin Pietersen and Australia captain Michael Clarke have already made it clear that silicone is not being used, as far as they know, the former taking particular umbrage on Twitter.

ICC chief executive David Richardson has made it clear that - although his organisation's general manager Geoff Allardice is flying to Durham before the fourth Investec Test to speak to players - his journey has nothing to do with any investigation.

Richardson said: "These media reports are totally incorrect.

"Geoff Allardice is meeting with both teams and umpires to see how we can best use the DRS and the available technology, going forward in the next two Test matches.

"It has nothing to do with any players."

Pietersen is one of several players to have been affected by DRS incidents this summer, given out caught-behind on the final day as England retained the Ashes at Emirates Old Trafford even though Hot Spot indicated he had not hit the ball.

On Wednesday, responding to the stories, he tweeted: "Horrible journalism yet again!

"My name brought up in hotspot crisis, suggesting I use silicon to prevent nicks showing! Such hurtful lies."

Pietersen went on to deny being a cheat, adding: "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.."

Australia captain Michael Clarke also believes there is no basis for the allegations.

"I find the accusation quite funny," he said in quotes carried by the Australian media.

"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.

"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."

A third tweet in under 20 minutes demonstrated Pietersen's annoyance.

"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..," he asked his followers.

Players from both sides, meanwhile, are set to meet the International Cricket Council's director of operations Geoff Allardice before the fourth Investec Test in Durham, which starts on Friday.

The ICC decided to fly the Australian out to speak to the teams and their coaches, in response to this summer's concern over the implementation of DRS.