Thursday 8 August 2013 

Video - Cook, Clarke Look Ahead To Fourth Test

In their pre-match press conferences, England and Australia captains Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke look ahead to the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street.

Both men were keen to talk cricket with Cook facing questions about Hot Spot and the Decision Review System and Clarke keen to move on from the accusations made against players trying to cheat the system by using silicone tape on the edges of their bats.

"In the past it has worked really well and I don't know if it is just one of those things where there has been three or four strange occurrences where there has been a noise but no mark," Cook said when asked about the DRS.

"I don't know why, I don't know the actual technology of hotspot - I am sure they are working away behind the scenes to work out why that has been happening."

The players met with Geoff Allardice of the ICC prior to the match and both teams have supported the system.

Clarke, meanwhile, attempted to play down the claims that players are cheating the system, made by an Australian TV channel.

"I found it quite amusing to be honest and I would prefer not to talk about it anymore," he said.

"I think you guys have had a couple of days to write and talk about it but for me the focus has to be on cricket.

"I think there has been enough good cricket played in this series and there is a huge Test match starting for the Australian team tomorrow so I would like to focus on the match that is in front of us."

Video courtesy of SNTV

© Cricket World 2013

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