A drastic downfall of South African batting line up in the third session of the third Test against Australia pointed to an oddball incident that took place right before the tea break of the day.
Aussie pacer Pat Cummins was seen smudging the ball under his foot for a few second to stop it rolling and the sight provoked making a complain of ‘ball tampering.’
The Australian quick took 4 quick wickets running down through the Proteas batting line up soon after the tea break.
With Dean Elgar on 87 and AB de Villiers on 42, South Africa was in a good shape at the score of 174/2 when Pat Cummins burst through the line up in the third session.
He first removed AB de Villiers, soon followed by Faf du Plessis, Tenda Bavuma and Quinton de Kock in his tally within 6 overs, forced the home team crippling by the end of the third day eventually led them losing 6 wickets within 37 runs.
Though he was not directly accused of ‘ball tampering’ – Pat Cummins was asked about the ‘foot stump’ – he referred that as ‘a mistake’, then acknowledged field umpires Richard Illingworth and Nigel Llong inspected the ball after he slide them with the boot.
“No, of course not. I looked straight back at him and he just started to giggle because um… it was obviously very unintentional. Yes (they did check the ball), but obviously there were no issues, so he passed it on.” Cummins said.