Alastair Cook demands apology over Hot Spot cheating claims

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The England players have come under fire for their behaviour after retaining the Ashes

England captain Alastair Cook had demanded an apology from Australian broadcaster Channel Nine after they said that the England batsmen were trying to cheat the Hot Spot technology by putting silicon tape around the edges of their bats.

Cook also branded all the accusations made by Channel Nine as “a blatant fabrication”.

“It’s not great when you get called a cheat as a side and you’ve been accused of something you haven’t done,” Cook said. “I think an apology is due because it’s such a blatant fabrication.

“We’ve been laughing at it in our dressing room; how strange a story it is and how absurd it is.”

Besides the Hot Spot controversy, Cook also had to defend the behaviour of his side after former Australia spin king Shane Warne wrote a column in The Telegraph, which accused the England team of having behaved arrogantly after retaining the Ashes in the third Test at Old Trafford.

The England players have also come under fire for behaving inappropriately after some newspapers captured photos of them smoking cigarettes.

“The last couple of days have been a bit of a media storm,” Cook said. “It’s taken a bit of gloss over the fact we managed to win the Ashes in such a short space of time. But that’s out of our control.

“I don’t know where the Warne story came from. Steven Smith apologised yesterday and said he didn’t think we were arrogant at all. I’ve no qualms about how our behaviour has been in this series at all.

“We’re an experienced bunch we’ve been through a lot and a lot of players have been through similar circumstances with a bit of controversy in the past. We’ve stuck together well and that’s a sign of a strong team. We know how important it is and how hard we need to keep working.”

Cook also met with International Cricket Council (ICC) officials in Durham to discuss about the Decision Review System (DRS), which has dominated the headlines for all the wrong reasons throughout the Ashes.

The England skipper confirmed that the ICC acknowledged the faults in the technology, but added that at no point did the topic of scrapping the DRS come up.

“It was a good meeting,” Cook said. “They have held their hands up and said some mistakes have been made with it. It’s something which they’re trying to iron out. They’re trying to get more decisions right.

“In the past Hot Spot has worked really well, but there have been three or four strange occurrences this series where there has been noise but no mark. I don’t know why. I don’t know the actual technology of Hot Spot, but I’m sure they’re working behind the scenes to try to work out why.

“There was no discussion with the ICC about getting rid of Hot Spot, because of the precedent it would set. That’s a very dangerous precedent to set. In the middle of a series, if something strange happens, if you ban it then the precedent is set for another series.

“It’s there to try to give as much information to the third ump to make the right decision. To ban it sets a dangerous precedent and in the past it’s worked extremely well to pick up edges. It’s just there have been strange occurrences in recent games.”

Moving away from all the controversies, Cook also admitted to having a modest series so far and revealed that he was “desperate” to score some runs in the final Test at The Oval.

“I’m desperate for a score, without a doubt,” Cook said. “At the top of the order your job is to score runs. It hasn’t gone quite as well as I would have liked. I’ve made starts and when you convert starts into bigger runs it changes games, but that hasn’t happened.

“I work hard at my game and I’ve scored runs in the past. My Test career suggests I do score runs, so hopefully it’s just a matter of time.”

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