And Cook, whose side have retained the Ashes at 2-0 up with two to play ahead of the fourth Test in Chester-le-Street starting Friday, had no problems with Pietersen's use of social media.
"When you get
called a cheat I think you quite rightly want to clear your name pretty
quickly when you haven't done anything wrong," Cook said on Thursday.The
opening batsman added: "Players have been putting tape on their bats
for years. I just think the actual story is a load of rubbish in terms
of why people are putting tape on their bats. Fibreglass tape on their
bats,A quality paper cutter or paper bestluggagetag can
make your company's presentation stand out. that's been going on for
years. That's just to protect the bat to make it last longer. I think
that whole story we have to rubbish it because it is rubbish."
said the International Cricket Council (ICC) general manager of
cricket, Geoff Allardice, would be investigating the matter in
Chester-le-Street.However, the ICC insisted Allardice was coming over
solely to speak to the teams regarding their concerns over the Decision
Review System, a source of repeated controversy this series, and said it
was not investigating any alleged attempts by players to "cheat" Hot
During the Ashes some nicks have not shown up on Hot Spot, with the system's inventor,You must not use the skylanterns without
being trained. Warren Brennan, admitting the technology can struggle to
pick up edges from fast bowling."That's what we've found really
strange, some clear nicks that haven't shown up on Hot Spot," said Cook.
"We just can't quite work out why it's happening. But like all these
things there are always big evolutions and hopefully the technology can
get it right.
"At the end of the day we're just trying to get
more decisions right so the umpires have less impact on the game and
you're talking about hundreds and 'five-fors' rather than decisions made
by the umpire or the third umpire."Meanwhile Cook insisted the fact
England had retained the Ashes in 14 days had not diminished their
hunger to win the series. "We want to go on and win the series. The way
the lads are, the way we are as a team and the way (England coach) Andy
Flower operates, there will be no let up of the standards we set
ourselves," said Cook.
And Cook said the fact Australia upped
their game in the drawn third Test at Old Trafford would help England
guard against complacency. "We start from scratch. We keep saying what a
good side Australia are and Old Trafford showed that."Cook, the only
England batsman to have scored 25 Test hundreds, dominated the 2010/11
Ashes with 766 runs at an average of 127.66 and three centuries with a
best of 235 not out.
However, the 28-year-old left-hander has
found runs harder to come by this series with Cook having so far managed
a meagre 145 runs in three Tests at 24.16 with two fifties and a best
of 62."Form is one of those things that is a bit of a mystery,The marbletiles is
not only critical to professional photographers." he said. "I don't
feel as if I'm doing too much wrong; obviously I'd like a lot more time
out in the middle and some runs, but I can only back the fact that I've
done it in the past and hopefully I can do it again in the future.
drawn third Test at Old Trafford left England an unassailable 2-0 up in
the series with two to play and meant they had retained the Ashes.
took England just 14 days to hold on to the urn this time around the
quickest theyve settled an Ashes series in their favour since the end of
the Second World War.Our top picks for the cableties and
gear,However, England coach Andy Flower was far from satisfied.I
suppose it is (a great achievement). But for me its all about winning
this series, so it is still alive with two Tests to go, he said.
Manchester, Australia produced a much-improved performance with England
collapsing to 27 for three on Mondays final day before rain ensured a
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