More and more wastages are revealing from the dark ‘ball tampering’ chapter of Australia. Skipper Steven Smith unfolded how the crooked task was planned and by whom.
Smith said he and senior players, who he refused to name, planned the plot during the lunch break when South Africa managed to have a considerable lead over Australia’s first innings total.
Bancroft used sticky yellow tape, which had debris from the pitch, and worked on the ball in an illegal attempt to redo it.
To make matters worse, he attempted to hide the evidence when he realized umpires were suspicious by stuffing the tape down to his underpants and showed the umpires a piece of cloth in his pocket.
In further revelation, Steve Smith said it came up during a discussion at lunch in day three of the third Test, in the team’s leadership group except coach Darren Lehmann, whom Smith strongly denied to have any involvement.
However, Smith rejected to name the person from whose brain the idea came out but he said, Australia did not every try this before.
Intense reverse swing application in the ongoing Test series in South Africa might provoke the Australians to think about the illegal affair.
Scuffing one side of the ball can help fast bowlers produce unplayable deliveries.
Both sides have achieved remarkably early reverse-swing in the first two Tests.
Having been seen in clear evidences of television cameras, Smith admittedly confessed the ‘wrong doing’ said the players were desperate in the case.
“Players were desperate to try and gain some advantage because “we saw this game as such an important game.” he said.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland earlier, refused to take any immediate action against captain Steve Smith over the ongoing but informed that an investigative team has been sent to South Africa to look into all aspects of the phenomenon before deciding for any action.
Sutherland, therefore, also refused to clear out Steven Smith’s position in the captain of Australian team. Smith also denied making a possibility of stepping down from the position saying, “I still think I’m the right person for the job,”. “Obviously today was a big mistake,” he edged.
Meanwhile Cameron Bancroft, explaining his position in the scandal, said, “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and I want to be here because I’m accountable for my actions.”
“I’m not proud of what’s happened, and I’ve got to live with the consequences and the damage that I’ve done to my own reputation. I have to do my best to move forward and play cricket.”
But Bancroft inarguably denied of being used by others in the team as he is just playing his eighth Test match, said, “I don’t think in this particular case it was that way,” he said.
“I was in the vicinity of the leadership group when they were discussing it. I was nervous about it because with hundreds of cameras around, that’s always the risk,” he said.