Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has called suggestions the Ashes series could be compromised by match-fixers as "a bit of mudslinging" as he questioned the timing of the story.

A report in The Sun this week alleged that two Indian bookmakers had claimed they could influence passages of play in two sessions of a Test match for £140,000.

The Sun's investigation did not go so far as to claim that any Australian or English players were implicated, but it did claim that there was "a plot to fix the third Ashes Test".

Sutherland, however, insists there is no reason to have "credible suspicions" about the allegations, which were handed to the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit prior to the start of play in Perth.

"You've got to be a little bit suspicious about the timing of when that story dropped," Sutherland told ABC Grandstand.

"People make those sorts of decisions. The story was really a bit of mudslinging at the game, in the hope that some of it sticks."

"What we've heard from the head of the ICC anti-corruption unit is based on his intelligence and the dossier of information they have from The Sun, there's not any substance to this that means they have credible suspicions."

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