Wednesday 7 August 2013 

Video - Onions, Smith Reject Cheating Claims

England's Graham Onions and Australia's Steve Smith reject claims that players are using silicone tape on their bats to 'cheat' the Decision Review System.

A report by an Australian TV channel has claimed that players are using the tape to prevent the Hot Spot infra-red cameras from detecting edges.

However, Onions and Smith, talking two days ahead of the fourth Ashes Test in Chester-le-Street, both rejected claims that anything untoward is going on.

"It is a huge accusation. It's outrageous really," Onions said. From our point of view, the first time that we have talked about it, obviously, in the changing rooms.

"The excitement of me getting called up into the squad and seeing the lads again - from missing out at Old Trafford - to be involved in and have these discussion's it seems a little bit unfair and wrong really."

Smith added: "I haven't really seen too much about it. Obviously I don't think any of us have done anything with silicone on our bats.

"We know that we put fibreglass tape on the front. That's purely for protection of the bat and to try and make it last longer. a lot of people have their favourite bats and put tape over around them and that is purely to make our favourite bats last as long as they can."

England lead the series 2-0 and have already retained the Ashes.

Video courtesy of SNTV

© Cricket World 2013

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