The ball-tampering saga involving the Australian cricket team rolls on. There are many moving parts to this story, so let’s start off with a recap.
On day three of the third Test between South Africa and Australia, Cameron Bancroft was spotted brazenly trying to hide an object in his trousers and then tried to deceive the umpires.
At the close of play, Bancroft at Steve Smith both admitted to tampering with the ball. The captain said that it was something the “leadership group” was aware of.
Smith was subsequently banned for the next Test and Bancroft fined and handed three demerit points.
On Monday, it emerged that Bancroft might have been up to some skulduggery during the Ashes, with a video of him apparently hiding sugar in his pockets emerging.
Now, things have gone further. According to the Daily Mail, Bancroft was appointed ball polisher in chief for the third Test after a dressing-room attendant during in Port Elizabeth – during the second Test – spotting him putting sandpaper in the strappings he wears on his hands.
The strapping worn by Warner is something that has been mentioned as curious during this series, but it’s not unlocked a furore.
Warner wears this strapping on his thumb and index finger of his left hand. He claims he needs it to protect his “injured” fingers (he’s been wearing this get up since the Ashes), but the strapping comes off when he bats.
The Daily Mail even went so far as to report that Warner admitted to England’s players how he goes about altering the state of the ball during a post-series drinks session. Can you even deal?
The question around the amount of strapping Warner wears has been brought up by many eagle-eyed observers on social media during this series.
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Well, this might have just opened another can of worms.