Pietersen responds to 'hurtful' Ashes cheat claims

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has reacted angrily to speculation linking him and other players with attempts to mislead technology tool Hot Spot by applying silicon tape to their bats.

Reports surfaced overnight of an alleged new practice among players designed to defeat the thermal imaging technology which demonstrates bat-on-ball contact.

However, Pietersen, 33, took to Twitter today and labelled rumours against him as "hurtful".

Here are a selection of Pietersen's tweets:

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Horrible journalism yet again! My name brought up in hotspot crisis suggesting I use silicon to prevent nicks showing! Such hurtful lies..?

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I am never afraid of getting out! If I nick it, I'll walk.. To suggest I cheat by covering my bat with silicon infuriates me..

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How stupid would I be to try & hide a nick when it could save me on an LBW appeal, like in 1st innings where hotspot showed I nicked it..

Disgruntlement over the implementation of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the ongoing Ashes series will be discussed this week when the International Cricket Council's director of operations meets with players and staff from both England and Australia.

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