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Kevin Pietersen hits back over cheating claims

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Kevin Pietersen has hit back over the accusations that he had used silicon tape to deceive the Decision Review System during the third Ashes Test - something he describes as 'horrible lies'.

The allegation - that players applied silicon tap to their bats to prevent faint edges showing up on the review system Hot Spot - originated from Australian broadcaster Channel Nine.

Pietersen, 33, who along with several other batsman were accused, used Twitter to show his anger over the allegations.

"Horrible journalism yet again!' My name brought up in hotspot crisis suggesting I use silicon to prevent nicks shooing! Such hurtful lies…'," he wrote on the social networking website.

And now the batsman has requested an apology from the broadcaster.

But a spokesperson for Channel Nine said: "We are not commenting at this stage."

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has called for the system to be scrapped and told BBC Radio Five Live: "I've never been a fan from the start. I'd just scrap it and move on.

"These accusations with the stickers on the bats seem ridiculous. They've asked them and they've said they don't use them."

In the meantime, captains Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke will face the media today ahead of the fourth Test which starts on Friday at Durham's Chester-le-Street.

England will now be hoping to to win the Ashes outright rather than just retain the urn, and the hosts could recall Graham Onions. 

 

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