Did Australia resort to ball-tampering in the 2017/18 Ashes?

Hope Soto
March 27, 2018

Singapore Telecommunications' Optus, which is a commercial partner and broadcasts cricket on its mobile network, said it would not comment on the incident as it was a matter for Cricket Australia. Sanitarium also has a Weet-Bix brand association with Cricket Australia.

On Sunday, the ICC slapped Smith with a one-match suspension and fined his entire match fee.

You know a news story is big if you have a country's prime minister wading in.

The egg splattered on Australia's face grows thicker by the hour.

Australian captain Steve Smith is considered the chief plotter in this ball-tampering scandal along with coach Darren Lehmann.

However, former wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist told Australian broadcaster Channel Ten the captaincy was a "tough position to hold after you have admitted to what you've admitted to and carry on with any faith from everyone watching".

Smith and Bancroft confessed after the latter was caught red-handed by television cameras before tea on day three of the third test at Newlands on Saturday.

"I'm disappointed, it's against his character", said North, who was Glamorgan's one day captain for the 2013 season.

"The rules are in place for a reason, if you're not gonna use them, then why bother having them?"

In 2013, Lehmann said his players had called English paceman Stuart Broad "everything under the sun", and hoped the Australian public would share the burden.

"That's the fortunate thing these days", Warner said in 2016.

But they did think that.

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"We've all been on the back end of them from time to time".

A fellow user said: "Cameraman who caught Bancroft on tape should get Bancroft's match fees".

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine, 33, would step in as acting captain for the remainder of the ongoing third test against South Africa, CA added.

Australia went on to win the Ashes series at home 4-0. However, during Pakistan's tour of 1992, the two W's Wasim and Waqar were accused of getting excessive reverse swing with allegation that they used bottle opener to scruff up the seam of the Dukes ball.

"The time has come for a major shift in attitude and culture of all those with responsibility for leadership within the game, to give young players the kind of role models who will uphold standards, preserve cricket and, vitally, the Spirit of Cricket for future generations".

The 96-Test veteran glumly lashed his former side on Carrie & Tommy on The Hit Network on Monday afternoon, taking a swipe at Cameron Bancroft for not refusing an implied order from the captain.

"As captain you're responsible for how everyone else behaves", he said.

"It didn't work. The umpires didn't change the ball. I suspect everyone's dabbled in it".

Naicker believes that had Bancroft kept the piece of yellow tape in his pocket and still produced the black cloth for the umpires, giving him the opportunity to dispose of the tape later, nobody would be the wiser.

"But obviously not to that extent".

Current South African captain Faf du Plessis has been found guilty of ball-tampering multiple times. "There's a fine line between all that stuff".

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