Ashes 2013: International Cricket Council will not investigate allegations that players are 'cheating'

Governing body has confirmed it has no plans to follow-up claims in Australia that batsmen are using silicone tape to deceive Hot Spot technology

The International Cricket Council has no plans to investigate alleged attempts by players to “cheat” Hot Spot technology in this summer's Ashes.

Cricket's world governing body has responded to reports, that it was about to launch an inquiry into the possible use of silicone tape to prevent Hot Spot picking up edges on caught-behind appeals, by dismissing them out of hand.

England batsman Kevin Pietersen and Australia captain Michael Clarke have already made it clear today that silicone is not being used, as far as they know, the former taking particular umbrage on Twitter.

ICC chief executive David Richardson has made it clear that - although his organisation's general manager Geoff Allardice is flying to Durham before the fourth Investec Test to speak to players - his journey has nothing to do with any investigation.

Richardson said: "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."