It’s a load of rubbish, says Alastair Cook on ball tampering allegations

Prince Singh / 10 August 2016

Calling the ball tampering allegations as “a load of rubbish” England skipper Alastair Cook has denied the claims that  surfaced following his side’s victory at Edgbaston in the third Test.

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Pakistani television channel PTV showed footage of Joe Root and Jimmy Anderson polishing the ball with the presenter, Dr Nauman Niaz, claiming that their actions went beyond accepted practice after the English team used the reverse swing brilliantly to win the Test by 141 runs and take an unassailable lead of 2-1 in the four-match series.

Here is the video which shows Joe Root shining the ball aggressively:

Cook laughed off the claims and said: “It’s a load of rubbish. Someone showed me the clip on Twitter of Rooty shining the ball. It’s just shining the ball, isn’t it? Let’s be honest. It’s shining the shiny side of the ball on his trousers. It’s an absolute load of rubbish as far as I’m concerned. It’s so far-fetched that it’s just nonsense. I don’t think it will affect anyone, it certainly hasn’t affected our changing room.”

England’s last two home series against Pakistan had been marred with controversies and so far the on-going series has not faced any problems as such. And the English skipper hoped that the series will be played in the same manner.

“We’ve been talking about cricket for three Test matches – for the first time in a series I’ve played against Pakistan,” he said. “And hopefully we’ll be talking about the cricket – good or bad – at the end of this next game. Both sides should be commended for the way they’ve played so far.”

Meanwhile, Cook’s Pakistani counterpart Misbah-ul-Haq too rubbished the claims and praised the English bowlers for their fine performance.

“We don’t just want to get into those things,” Misbah said. “The game is over and credit should be given to the England team for the way they bowled and got us out. That was a super spell by all their bowlers, especially after lunch. That happened, it’s gone and we have to focus on the coming game. We should have played better.

“Reverse happens and sometimes on the last day it happens because the pitch is so dry. There are right ways to roughen the ball. You bowl cross seam, throw the ball from the boundary on the ground, you shine it from one end and these are legal ways to roughen the ball. You care for the ball and the team which does better it achieves reverse swing. This is an art, a science and whole time you have to care for the ball.”

The fourth and final match of the series will be played at the Oval from August 11.