The Ball tampering saga has got the entire cricket fraternity gripped and why shouldn’t it do so, as such incidence completely change the image of a team or a player in particular.
Cricket pundits and experts have raised their finger on Australian skipper Steven Smith who had accepted his mistake and was the mastermind behind what all happened.
The past weekend was the darkest weekend of Australian cricket team. The Australian players are having a miserable time in the Rainbow nation both on and off the field.
They are trailing the four-match series 2-1, and their skipper getting banned for the last Test following a ball-tampering confession.
Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft admitted they did plan to change the condition of the ball with a foreign object during the third Test at the Newlands in Cape Town.
Some of the former cricketers have also had their say on the actions of the Australian cricket team.
The current squad got criticized for their actions, and former England captain Nasser Hussain said the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa would make people “start to question the Ashes win”.
“The problem with ball tampering is, once you get done like this and found out; it’s a little bit like match-fixing in that you start to question every other game. People start to question the Ashes. It’s why the ICC should clamp down harder on it.”
“This is a very good Australian bowling line-up and has been for a while. But people will start questioning whether they’re a good cricketing side because they scratch the ball better than opposition sides. Or are they just better?
Hussain also agreed with Stuart Broad’s point on the incidence.
“Stuart Broad made a very valid point from out in New Zealand. They say they’ve done this for the first time, but Australia were reverse-swinging the ball with success in the Ashes, and reversing it in the first two Tests of this series, so why would you change the plan and suddenly scratching and taking objects out onto the cricket field?
“If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. So, Broad and some of the England guys out in New Zealand are kind of saying keep an eye on what happened in the Ashes; we think this has been going on a little bit longer.”
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