Current English coach and former New South Wales mentor Trevor Bayliss said that being an Australian he was pretty embarrassed with what happened at the Newlands in Cape Town. The Australian team was involved in ball-tampering, and it was skipper Steve Smith who admitted that the leadership group of the team was aware of the decision to alter the ball condition with a foreign substance.
Opener Cameron Bancroft was caught on TV trying to apply a sticky yellow tape on the match ball with bits of pitch attached to it. Captain Steve Smith has been suspended for the next Test and has also been fined 100% of his match fees.
Bayliss was the mentor of England when Australia completed a 4-0 series victory in the Ashes. Bayliss has coached Smith earlier in the Sydney Sixers and the New South Wales. It was when Smith was coming through the ranks.
When asked about how he felt about the scandal Bayliss said:
“I’m obviously disappointed, and as an Australian I’m embarrassed. “Steve is a lovely young bloke who has made a terrible mistake, and I’m sure Cricket Australia (CA) will work out the course of action required.
“They obviously will be punished, but I’ve no idea how severe, we’ll have to see what Cricket Australia come up with.”
The final Test is scheduled to begin on Friday at the Wanderers with the hosts leading the series by a 2-1 margin.