Ball-tampering has become a bigger crime ever since the superstars of Australia David Warner and Steve Smith was involved in the scenario. The impact of that ball-tampering saga has been huge in Australian cricket, as it took a considerable time for them to be back on the track. Meanwhile, Alastair Cook, in his biography reveals yet another incident that involves Steve Smith and David Warner.
In his autobiography, Former England captain Alastair Cook revealed that how Australia batsman David Warner once confessed to him that he used substances attached to the strapping on his hand to accelerate the deterioration of the ball during a first-class match.
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David Warner used substances to tamper – Alastair Cook
Cook wrote the incident happened when he, along with other England players, shared a few beers with Australia team after the Steve Smith-led side won the Ashes 2017-18 series.
Alastair Cook revealed the conversation that took place between him and Warner, who confessed his wrongdoing. Further, he went on to add the reaction of Steve Smith, who was sharing the time with them at that moment.
“David Warner, a couple of beers into his celebration, mentioned that he used substances attached to the strapping on his hand to accelerate the deterioration of the ball during a first-class match,” Cook has written in his autobiography.
“I looked at Steve Smith who shot a glance that said: ‘Ooh, you shouldn’t have said that.”
Warner, along with former skipper Steve Smith, served one-year bans from the game for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal that unfolded in Cape Town last year. The duo, since their return, took no time to revert back to their run-scoring ways.
David Warner, despite experiencing a lean run of form in the ongoing Ashes, had a superb Indian Premier League campaign and was the second-highest run-getter in the World Cup. Smith has had an incredible Ashes campaign so far, and has been instrumental in the Aussies retaining the Ashes for the first time in England since 2001.