Root plays down speculation of Australia ball tampering during Ashes

In the spotlight Cameron Bancroft left and his captain Steve Smith face the media and admit tampering with the ball

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"I hope the Australian public give it to him right from the word go", Lehmann said. I should not have to back that up. "If that was a South African, we would have broadcast the footage for sure".

"I don't think I was coerced".

"I find it so disappointing they actually sat down and planned it. Cameron Bancfroft would do anything for his teammates and for his captain, so that's very sad", Gilchrist said. The fielding sides has been found working on the ball for decades but it was not until 2000 when Waqar Younis became the first cricketer to be suspended for ball-tampering.

"We initially just saw that he had something in his hand and he put it in his pocket, but we didn't know what it was", said Naicker. The confession came after Australia opener Cameron Bancroft was filmed holding a foreign object while rubbing the ball, before hiding the object in his pocket, then inside his pants.

It is not known what the sugar could be used for. Ball tampering on the agenda today?

Even the shoulder nudge between South Africa's Kagiso Rabada and Smith was up for grabs from the world's pundits.

Cricket Australia chairman David Peever asked for a little patience to carry out the investigation with "due diligence", with cricket-mad Australians, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, demanding answers and action with the reputation of their favourite sporting team in tatters. Smith refused to name names at the time.

Singapore Telecommunications' Optus, which is a commercial partner and broadcasts cricket on its mobile network, said it would not comment on the incident as it was a matter for Cricket Australia.

"That made my blood boil, listening to that". In another, The Canberra Times wrote - "For Australian cricket, arrogance rewarded just led to more arrogance". "I was not aware of any ball tampering", Root was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Naicker believes that had Bancroft kept the piece of yellow tape in his pocket and still produced the black cloth for the umpires, giving him the opportunity to dispose of the tape later, nobody would be the wiser.

"They obviously haven't thought about the magnitude of what they're doing".

"That's the fortunate thing these days", Warner said in 2016.

Where there's a will Who is Steve Smith dating? There was a time there where we were all trying to work out how the heck you do this.

"It's impossible for the ball to get altered like that on cricket wickets where we knew there was grass on, not a Pakistani wicket where there's cracks every centimetre. So if you're going to overstep the mark, prepare to get fined and miss Test matches".

The row took place on the third day in Cape Town.

Sponsors expressed "deep concern" as media and fans called for widespread changes and decisive action following the shock admission that Smith and senior team members plotted to cheat in South Africa. The idea that Australia's players were somehow above the shadowy antics of other teams is now in tatters, and opposing teams will relish Australia's loss of the moral high ground.

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