Ball-tampering: Did South Africa players tip off broadcasters to catch Australia red-handed?

first_imgAustralian cricket has been hit hard by the ball-tampering controversy that erupted in the Cape Town Test against South Africa, that has seen skipper Steve Smith bearing the brunt of the ire from the cricketing community. But the punches keep coming.Former South African fast bowler Fanie de Villiers has said that some of the South African players had taken note of the malpractices of their Australian counterparts and brought it to the notice of the broadcasters of the series.De Villiers, who is working for a South African broadcaster, insinuated that the visitors must have been using underhanded tactics to gain unfair advantage regarding reverse swing that too even before the 30th over.WATCH”I said earlier on, that if they could get reverse swing in the 26th, 27th, 28th over then they’re doing something different from what everyone else does,” de Villiers was quoted as saying by RSN radio.Steve Smith and David Warner quality players, sad if they do not play IPL: Ashish Nehra”We actually said to our cameramen…go out have a look boys. They’re using something. They searched for an hour and a half until they saw something and then they started following Bancroft and they actually caught him out at the end,” he added.Steve Smith, David Warner step down as Australia’s captain and vice-captain”It’s impossible for the ball to get altered like that on cricket wickets where we knew there was grass on, not a Pakistani wicket where there’s cracks every centimetre. We’re talking about grass covered wicket where you have to do something else to alter the shape, the roughness of the ball on the one side. You have to get the one side wetter, heavier than the other side.”advertisementAustralia ball-tampering scandal: How Steve Smith & Co. planned the coupThe young Australian opener was caught on camera trying to change the condition of the ball with a foreign object. He was fined 75 per cent of his match fee.Watch: A ball-tampering demoSteve Smith on the other hand was suspended for one Test match and fined 100 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council.David Warner emerges as chief conspirator, may miss next TestAs Smith awaits Cricket Australia’s judgment, another video of Bancroft has surfaced on social media, which shows the maligned Australian opener allegedly trying to put a spoon of sugar in his pocket.How sugar can be used to alter the condition of a cricket ballIn the video Bancroft can be seen taking a spoon of sugar wit his right hand and then palming it with his left and in a slick movement pocket the sugar.last_img

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