Kevin Pietersen has come out swinging against claims that he used special tape on his bat to prevent the detection of edges during the Ashes.
Reports in Australia have suggested that players from both Australia and England used silicone in order to fool the Hot Spot system, but the only player named was Pietersen.
The England international used his official Twitter page to state: "Horrible journalism yet again! My name brought up in hotspot crisis suggesting I use silicon to prevent nicks showing! Such hurtful lies.."
The 33-year-old also stated: "How stupid would I be to try to hide a nick when it could save me on an LBW appeal, like in 1st innings where Hot Spot showed I nicked it."
Pietersen's outburst comes as a response to the reports that are claiming a number of players during the Ashes applied silicone to their bats in order to cheat.
According to BBC Sport, the reports, coming from Channel Nine in Australia, read: "It is understood that silicone tape is applied to the edge of the bat, and concerns centre around Kevin Pietersen's dismissal in the second innings in Manchester.
"It is not just England under investigation. Nine News understands that Australian batsmen may also be using this method."
The Hot Spot system works by pointing out when the ball has hit the bad or pads. Using infra-red cameras it then highlights the energy transferred into heat.
The International Cricket Council have since denied an investigation has been launched, with ICC General Manager Cricket Geoff Allardice reported to have been headed to Durham to get to the bottom of the matter.
A statement read: “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."
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