Cameron Bancroft’s recent comments about the ‘Sandpaper Gate’ saga has once again pulled out the ghosts of 2018 ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test. Several cricketers including the likes of Michael Clarke and Adam Gilchrist have admitted that it is impossible that only three players were aware of the deal. The latest to join the bandwagon is English pacer Stuart Broad who said that it will be interesting to see if David Warner writes a book and includes the ball-tampering chapter in it.
“I have seen a couple of comments from David Warner’s agent, too, and I think it will be an interesting time when he stops playing for Australia and writes a book,” Cricinfo quoted Broad
Broad further elaborated that the reverse swing of the red ball can be affected by many factors and every member of the team plays a role to keep it in shape, hinting that it’s very likely that more people were aware of the ball-tampering.
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“If you chase it to the boundary and throw it into the grass it can smooth the ball over and stop it reversing. If you touch the ball with wet hands it will stop it reversing. If you shine it in a way that smooths over the rough side it will stop it reversing. So as an England team, we are aware if we’re trying to get the ball reversing every player has to buy into that or it will stop it.”
Broad further added that the controversy won’t be the talking point during the Ashes. He, however, believes that Barmy Army might have a few words to say.
“There’s no doubt the Aussies would have been hoping this episode was signed sealed and delivered. It was an incredibly tough thing for those three players to go through. I can’t see it still being a conversation [when the Ashes start] in November, December, but I can see it being sung in the Barmy Army stands if they’re allowed,” Stuard Broad added.
Yesterday, Cricket Australia’s Integrity team reached out to Cameron Bancroft to get more details on the scandal.
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