Australian Cricket Team admit to ball tampering

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    AUSTRALIAN captain Steve Smith and teammate Cameron Bancroft sensationally admitted to ball-tampering during the third Test against South Africa on Saturday, plunging cricket into potentially its greatest crisis.
    Bancroft was caught on television cameras appearing to rub a yellow object on the ball, and later said: “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I want to be here (in the press conference) because I want to be accountable for my actions.”
    Smith is now facing calls for his resignation after admitting that Bancroft did not act alone.

    “The leadership group knew about it,” Smith said. “We spoke about it at lunch. I’m not proud of what happened. It’s not in the spirit of the game.”
    Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland will front a press conference at 12pm on Sunday. However, Smith insisted he would not resign. “I still think I’m the right person for the job,” said the 28-year-old. “Obviously today was a big mistake on my behalf and the leadership group’s behalf as well, but I take responsibility. I need to take control of the ship. This is something I’m not proud of.”

    Former captain Allan Border said he would be comfortable with Smith losing the captaincy in a column for Fox Sports Australia.
    “If the ICC and the Australian board decides that Steve Smith is free to play in the fourth Test, I would be comfortable with that,” Border wrote.
    “But equally, if he has to pay a penalty for his leadership in going down this path I’d be just as comfortable.”
    Other prominent cricket figures also called for Smith’s head.

    Television footage showed Bancroft, 25, take a yellow object out of his pocket while fielding in the post-lunch session on the third day of the Test at Newlands.
    He was spoken to by umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth after appearing to have the object in his hand after fielding the ball at cover.

    While the umpires were conferring, Bancroft then appeared to place the small yellow object in his underpants.
    When the umpires went across to talk to him he reached into a pocket and showed them what looked like a soft pouch for sunglasses.

    The umpires took no action and did not change the ball. “I was sighted on the screen and that resulted in me shoving it down my trousers. I panicked quite a lot,” said Bancroft.

    There were boos from a capacity crowd at Newlands when the incident was shown on the big screen.

    Bancroft said he had met with the match officials after play and faced a charge of attempting to change the condition of the ball.

    There was no immediate confirmation from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
    Both Bancroft and Smith, who took over the Australian captaincy in 2015, appeared before the media after the match and admitted that they had attempted to change the condition of the ball.

    “We had a discussion during the break. On myself I saw an opportunity to use some yellow tape and the granules from the rough patches of the wicket to change the condition of the ball,” said opening batsman Bancroft.
    “It didn’t work, the umpires didn’t change the ball.”

    Former Australian captain Michael Clarke couldn’t believe Bancroft was asked to do the dirty work.

    “I can’t believe if the leadership group has made a decision to do this, has got the young kid who is playing his eighth Test match, to do that,” Clarke told Channel Nine. “As a leader you can’t ask somebody to do something you’re not willing to do yourself.
    “Steve Smith is such a lovely, lovely guy. You can see he’s shattered.”
    Clarke said it wasn’t fair for him to call for Smith’s head without more information.


    Smith insisted that coach Darren Lehmann was not part of the conspiracy even though footage appeared to show the coach sending a message onto the field with twelfth man Peter Handscomb after the first footage of the incident.
    “The coach isn’t involved. It was purely the leadership group and the players came up with this,” added the captain who is playing in the 64th Test of a career which has yielded more than 6000 runs.
    “We saw this as such an important game. We’ve obviously seen the ball reversing quite a lot throughout this series and the ball just didn’t look like it was going to go.
    That’s a mistake on our behalf.”

    Michael Clarke said if that was the case, it was a sign Lehmann didn’t have control of the team.

    The four-match series is locked at 1-1 and South Africa finished the third day in a strong position, 294 runs ahead with five wickets in hand.

    Asked whether Australia had used similar methods in previous matches, notably in the first Test in Durban, where Mitchell Starc achieved prodigious reverse swing, Smith said: “You can ask questions as much as you like but I can promise you this is the first time it has happened. I’ve made it clear it is regrettable and we move on from this and hopefully will learn something from this.”

    The scandal provoked widespread condemnation by former players. “This was a premeditated move by the Australian captain to cheat,” said former England skipper Nasser Hussain.

    Australian leg-spin legend Shane Warne added: “I feel a bit for Cameron Bancroft because I don’t think he’s taken it upon himself to do something and put it in his pocket.”

    Michael Vaughan, another former England captain, said all of the Australian team and coaches would forever be remembered as cheats.
    “Steve Smith, his Team & ALL the management will have to accept that whatever happens in their careers they will all be known for trying to CHEAT the game,” tweeted Vaughan.

    Source: News Ltd

    Wonder how many games Bancroft will get for sandpapering the ball lol. Maybe Renshaw will get a recall after all!
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  1. roo-ted

    roo-ted NRL Player

    We are so fucked
  2. I do wonder how bad the ramifications could be if this is found to be as bad as it looks, Lehmann would lose his job for absolute sure, no way that Bancroft did this by himself.

    Edit: Not to mention there is video evidence of Lehmann contacting Handscomb, who then went out on the field and told Bancroft to hide the sandpaper, jesus christ. This might be real bad.

    There's an argument to be made that Lehmann, Bancroft, Handscomb & Smith all deserve to be banned. This is real dirty.
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  3. Browny

    Browny State of Origin Captain

    That’s **** putrid
  4. We're now openly admitting to ball tampering, apparently the leadership group within the team all knew about it.
  5. broncos4life

    broncos4life International Rep

    This is **** disgraceful. Couldn’t be more disappointed.
  6. badyon

    badyon QCup Player

    The fact all teams tamper doesn't make this right.

    Feel really bad for Bancroft, the pressure they would have dumped on him to do this.

    Smith and Lehmann fallout incoming. **** them both off. I don't care if Smith is Bradman2.0.
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  7. jarro65

    jarro65 State of Origin Rep

    Which to me sums up how bad this really is.

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  8. badyon

    badyon QCup Player

    **** oath. We don't even have one so called "leader" that can say, "nah guys really **** stupid idea, pull yer noggin in and lets go play cricket".
  9. Tom

    Tom NRL Captain

    That's fucked. I hate cheats.
  10. broncsgoat

    broncsgoat NRL Player

    Wake up and check fox sports hoping we ran through them....

    Not quite
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  11. Hard to tell your kids, who idolise these blokes, what's happened. Dark day in Australian sport.
  12. broncsgoat

    broncsgoat NRL Player

    Smith has fucked his legacy. If he wanted to win maybe try coming out and score some runs in the second innings
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  13. roo-ted

    roo-ted NRL Player

    This is the first time I can honestly say I'm ashamed of the Australian cricket team and ashamed of being a supporter of them. It goes against everything we have stood by in the past and destroys the legacy our pass greats have built over the years. I don't care how good Smith is, we need a new captain, he knew this was going on an encouraged it to happen
  14. broncos4life

    broncos4life International Rep

    I cannot see a way that Smith retains the captaincy, it simply can’t happen.
  15. jarro65

    jarro65 State of Origin Rep

    Agreed.... and i'd also extend that thought to the coach as well.

    You can't tell me they didnt know as well.
  16. We're an hour away from finding out, Sutherland will address the media at 11am QLD time.

    I imagine that Lehmann loses his job, Smith & Warner lose their captaincy & vice-captaincy, Bancroft is suspended for the last game of the series.
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  17. Accept

    Accept NRL Player

    As usual, this is being overblown by the media. Yes, it is cheating and yes, a minor penalty should be imposed but on the serious scale, this ranks as a 2/10. Cricket has allowed match and spot fixers to return to the game and cricket's reputation is tarnished by it's past and current shady dealings. Altering the ball which probably doesn't work anyways (or marginally) is a minor offense and should be treated as such. Faf, Atherton, Waqar, Wasim etc have all done it, the crime doesn't all of a sudden become more serious because the Aussies are participating in it.
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    Most cricket fans are livid mate, not just the media. I think it rates a little higher than a 2 on the serious scale too
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