ECB seek apology over DRS claims
The England and Wales Cricket Board is understood to be demanding an "apology and an explanation" from Australian broadcaster Channel Nine over claims that batsmen may have been trying to 'cheat' the decision review system.
Kevin Pietersen on Wednesday hit back at what he describes as “horrible lies”, linking him and other players - for England and Australia - with attempts to hoodwink Hot Spot by applying silicone to their bats.
Pietersen is one of a clutch of players involved in this summer’s Ashes moved to dismiss the Channel Nine suggestion that a new practice could be rife, designed to defeat the thermal-imaging technology which demonstrates bat-on-ball contact.
England seamer Graham Onions referred to the suggestion as “outrageous”, and the International Cricket Council had to issue a denial that it plans to launch in inquiry into the allegations of “cheating”.
It later emerged from an ECB source that its legal team is to contact Channel Nine. A succession of decision review system (DRS) controversies has beset the Ashes series, in which England retained the urn two days ago via a 2-0 lead after the third Test at Emirates Old Trafford.
Pietersen, one of several players to have been affected by DRS incidents this summer, was given out caught-behind on the final day in Manchester even though Hot Spot indicated he had not hit the ball.