The England Cricket Board (ECB) demanded an apology from Australia’s Channel Nine and skipper Alastair Cook described as “blatant fabrication” the claims that Ashes players have used silicone tape on their bats to confuse Hotspot technology.
Channel Nine’s report on Wednesday that the International Cricket Council (ICC) was investigating the use of silicone, amid the controversy over the inconsistency of the Decision Review System (DRS), was denied as “totally incorrect” by the governing body.
“I think an apology is due for such a blatant fabrication,” Cook said. “There has been a bit of a media storm behind it and we knew it would happen at some stage of the Ashes.
“Both sides have kind of laughed at it,” he said. “The mileage it’s been given has been a bit strange and it’s not great when you’ve been called a cheat as a side and have been accused of something you haven’t done.”
Australia skipper Michael Clarke said: “I found it all quite amusing to be honest,” said Clarke. “I prefer not to talk about it any more. For me the focus has to be on cricket. There has been enough good cricket been played this series.”