The Ashes: Kevin Pietersen hits out at 'cheating' claims on Twitter

Kevin Pietersen described the report as "horrible journalism" and "hurtful lies". "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," he tweeted.

updated: August 07, 2013 21:56 IST
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Chester-le-Street: England batsman Kevin Pietersen on Wednesday angrily denied reports that he was one player in the Ashes series using silicone tape on his bat to avoid nicks being detected by "Hot Spot" technology.

The allegations were made by Australia's Channel Nine television but Pietersen said he would be "stupid" to try to cheat the system while Australia captain Michael Clarke denied any knowledge of sharp practice.

Australia's Channel Nine said the International Cricket Council (ICC) general manager of cricket, Geoff Allardice, would be investigating the matter in Durham, where the fourth Test begins on Friday.

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