Ashes: Alastair Cook leaps to defence of England team-mate Kevin Pietersen
Alastair Cook says England found the story about Kevin Pietersen using silicon tape to try and beat Hot Spot laughable.
Last Updated: 08/08/13 5:08pm
Pietersen was accused by Australian broadcaster Channel Nine on Wednesday of using special tape on the edges of his bat to try and avoid nicks being detected.
He launched a passionate defence of his innocence on Twitter soon after and the England and Wales Cricket Board has asked Channel Nine for an apology for a story Cook feels is a 'blatant fabrication'.
Speaking at his press conference before the fourth Test at Emirates ICG Durham, Cook said: "I think most of us kind of laughed at it. Certainly we've been laughing at it in our dressing room, how strange a story it is.
"It's almost absurd, blatantly not true so giving it the miles it's been given is a bit strange. It's not great when you get called a cheat and get accused of something you haven't done.
"I think (Kevin) wanted to make sure he cleared his name pretty quickly, gave the story no legs, and he's perfectly entitled to do that when it's something as stupid as that.
"I think it's a matter that's done and he's fine. I think an apology is due because it's such a blatant fabrication."
England and Australia have since been involved in a meeting with International Cricket Council general manager Geoff Allardice to address wider concerns over the use of the Decision Review System, which has provided plenty of headlines since the start of the Ashes last month.
Cook says there is no point in ditching any part of DRS now and thinks the issues that have come up in the series are anomalies rather than something more serious.
He added: "It was a good meeting for us to clear up a few issues which both sides are having with DRS. It was a good outcome at the end.
"They've held their hands up and said some mistakes have been made with it and it is something they are trying to iron out so that it's not a talking point and it goes back to what it almost says on the tin, trying to get more decisions right so those decisions don't have a bigger impact on the game and it's the right decision made.
"It was a good forum to (suggest changes). Whether they will listen or not, we'll have to wait and see.
"Maybe it's just Ashes cricket and that's why it has thrown up a few things like this. Like I say in the past it's worked really well and I don't know whether it's just one of those things.
"There's been three or four strange occurrences where there's been a noise but no mark. I don't know why, I don't know the technology of Hot Spot but I am sure they are working behind the scenes to try and work out why it's happening.
"I think it is a dangerous precedent to set (to get rid of Hot Spot). If you ban it in this series then the precedent is set for other series where something has gone slightly different to what you think the norm is and you say 'well in that series they banned it'."