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Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

Jasprit Bumrah Is Emotional On Return To Ground Where He Debuted-Cape Town In 2018

Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian pace spearhead penned an emotional note on his official Instagram handle to share his feelings ahead of the India-South Africa Test series decider in Cape Town.

The Mumbai Indians pacer revealed that returning to Cape Town brought back many great memories and opened up that he had grown as a person and a cricketer since then.

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Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

Jasprit Bumrah Returns To Cape Town For 2021/22 Test Series Decider 4 Years After His Test Debut At The Same Venue

Jasprit Bumrah is glad to be back at Newlands as one of India’s premier fast bowlers, four years after making his Test debut at the same venue. Seeking their first series win in South Africa, India will lock horns with the hosts in the series-deciding third Test at Cape Town, Newlands from January 11-15 and he will be expected to play a pivotal role with the ball.

A nostalgic Jasprit Bumrah shared the following post on his official Instagram account and captioned it: “Cape Town, January 2018 – is where it all began for me in Test cricket. Four years on, I’ve grown as a player and a person and to return to this ground brings back special memories.”

Jasprit Bumrah AP Photo/Rui Vieira
Jasprit Bumrah AP Photo/Rui Vieira

Jasprit Bumrah made his Test debut at Newlands in Cape Town four years ago against South Africa. He made an instant impact in the first innings by uprooting the stumps of legendary batter AB de Villiers. He bowled a wonderful spell (3/39) in the second innings to showcase his talent in foreign conditions on the global stage. Despite a brilliant display from the Indian bowlers, the visitors eventually lost the match by 72 runs.

The Indian team lost that match but Jasprit Bumrah took a five-wicket haul in the Johannesburg Test to help the visitors to a fine win. He finished that series with 14 wickets in three matches. He has since grown into the team’s leading pacer, picking up more than 100 wickets in overseas conditions.

Jasprit Bumrah has taken 107 wickets in just 26 matches and played a role in India’s major wins in England and Australia. Interestingly, he has only played two Test matches at home so far.

Aakash Chopra: It Was A Rare Off Day For Indian Pace Duo Of Jasprit Bumrah And Mohammed Shami On 4th Day Of 2nd Test

Former Indian Test opener Aakash Chopra opined that Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami had rare off days in the second innings of the Johannesburg Test. Aakash Chopra felt that their performances were nowhere near the lofty standards the duo have set in recent times.

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Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Speaking in a video on his YouTube channel while reviewing the Indian bowling following their defeat in the second Test, Aakash Chopra said: “We saw a rare off day from the pace attack. It was slightly an off Test match for Bumrah, it was slightly an off Test match for Shami as well. The performance was not up to the standards we have seen.”

The series decider between India and South Africa will commence on January 11 in Cape Town. India began the Test series on a rousing note, winning the opener at Centurion by 113 runs before succumbing to a seven-wicket defeat in the second Test at Johannesburg.

Powered by an unbeaten 96 from captain and opener Dean Elgar, the hosts overhauled the target of 240 for the loss of just three wickets and also ended India’s unbeaten run at The Wanderers. Jasprit Bumrah returned with figures of 17-2-70-0 while Mohammed Shami returned with figures of 17-3-55-1.

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South Africa Vs Australia 2020: 3rd T20I, Cape Town – Australia Win Series With A Dominating Victory

Australia thrashed the hosts South Africa in the series-decider T20I at Cape Town on Wednesday (26th February) night and won the three-match T20I series by the 2-1 margin.

After winning the toss, South Africa decided to field first. While the visitors scored 193/5 (20 overs) in the first innings, the hosts were bundled out for just 96 runs as Australia won this third T20I of this series by 97 runs.

South Africa innings: The hosts’ batsmen failed to play fighting knocks

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Right from the beginning of the chasing, the hosts South Africa lost their wickets at regular intervals. Only the opener Rassie van der Dussen (24), Heinrich Klaasen (22), David Miller (15) and Dwaine Pretorius (11) managed to reach the double-digit marks in that innings.

Among the Australian bowlers, the left-arm spinner Ashton Agar (3/16) and the left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc (3/23) bagged three wickets each. Also, Adam Zampa (2/10) took two wickets while Pat Cummins (1/27) and Mitchell Marsh (1/3) claimed a wicket each.

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South Africa Vs Australia 2020: 3rd T20I, Cape Town - Australia Win Series With A Dominating Victory 2

Australian innings: The visiting openers provided a solid start

Australian openers David Warner and captain Aaron Finch provided a very good start with the smashing 120 runs partnership. Both these openers scored half-centuries in that innings. While Warner scored 57 runs off 37 balls (5 fours and 2 sixes), Finch also played almost the look-a-like knock of 55 runs off 37 balls (6 fours and only six).

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David Warner and Aaron Finch (Image Credit: Twitter)

While both the openers lost their wickets in the back-to-back overs, the next batsmen Matthew Wade (10) and Mitchell Marsh (19) failed to register big scores. However, Steven Smith played the brilliant knock in the death overs as he scored 30 not out off just 15 balls (2 sixes) and helped the team to manage the big first-innings total on the board. In the final over of that innings, Smith hit 20 runs, including two sixes.

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Steven Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

All the five South African bowlers picked up one wicket each in that innings.

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South Africa Vs Australia 2020: 3rd T20I, Cape Town - Australia Win Series With A Dominating Victory 4

While the Australian cricketer Mitchell Starc won the Player of the Match award in this game, their captain Aaron Finch was selected for the Player of the Series award.

Australia won the first match of this series by 107 runs while the hosts beat the visitors by 12 runs in the second ODI.

Newlands Cricket Ground
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Armed robbers loot Newlands Cricket Ground

Newlands Cricket Ground (NCC), located in Cape Town, had once again suffered from the robbery on the Easter weekend. The armed robbers broke multiple suites in the ground.They eventually robbed few TV sets, liquor bottles, and other stuff before sneaking their way out.However, this is not the first-time incident which has taken place at the iconic venue. It has happened for the third time since 2015.

The raid on the ground began around midnight when a lady came to the security personnel to ask the directions to a church, according to Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) release.

But, she soon came along with three other men who jumped over the fences and also 15 more men came along, some of whom carried guns with them.

The security soon gave up and handed over the keys to the Presidential suite in the stadium. The robbers soon raided and loaded the things into three separate vehicles before departing.

Police begin the investigation:

“The South African Police Services are busy with an extensive investigation into the event and we will also reassess our security measures, including the possibility of having more cameras installed,” said a senior official of WPCA.

“We will seriously look within our budgetary constraints to improve our security situation at the stadium,” official added.


Newlands Cricket Ground is one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world. The ground had already hosted two test games this season.

In contrast, India played first, followed by Australia last month (March). This venue is where the infamous sandpaper gate took place which resulted in the ban of three Australian cricketers.

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AB de Villiers. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

AB de Viliers suspected David Warner during 2nd Test in Port Elizabeth: Report

In the last few days, the ball-tampering scandal has hogged the limelight in the cricketing world. Aussie skipper Steven Smith and vice-captain David Warner were suspended for a year.

While Smith cannot be considered for any captaincy post for the next two years. Warner won’t get any leadership opportunities ever in his life.

It was actually a message from AB de Villiers to Graeme Smith which led to a SuperSport camera closely monitoring the ball when the Aussies were fielding at the Newlands.

As per reports in the newspaper, it is learnt that De Villiers triggered the suspicion regarding Smith’s deputy Warner that something was fishy during the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

David Warner, AB de Villiers, South Africa, Port Elizabeth, Australia
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According to the Brisbane’s Sunday Mail, Aussies were not pleased with the fact that South Africa achieved reverse swing so early. The incident happened during Australia’s first innings at the Newlands, as per the report.

“Australia felt the ball just went [reverse] out of nowhere for South Africa. Australia’s theory for that, it’s understood, was that wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock was rubbing the ball on his gloves,” the report suggested.

The report then gives a detailed information on how actually Australia’s ball-tampering saga unfolded.

Warner and Bancroft sat in close proximity in the sheds as opening partners. In a dressing room described by ex-players as one of the smallest in world cricket, sources claim Australia captain Steve Smith became aware of a plan, but didn’t want to know about it. This, of course, was his failure as captain,” it added.

The 31-year-old David Warner had his left hand heavily strapped up during the match.

“Did others know of the plot? Some sources are convinced it could not have remained such a closely-guarded secret between three people. Others believe it is possible due to the chaotic nature of lunch breaks,” it said.

David Warner, AB de Villiers, South Africa, Port Elizabeth, Australia
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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Steven Smith rues the big blunder. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Steven Smith, Warner board separate home-bound flights following ball-tampering saga

Since Australia’s tour to South Africa, there seems no respite for Australian players on and off the field. In the wake of the ball-tampering case, Steven Smith and David Warner’s friendship has turned out to be sour.

According to the leading British Newspaper Daily Telegraph in a bid to avoid any latest fiasco Smith and Warner touched down in Sydney after boarding separate airlines on March 29.

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Cameron Bancroft spoke to media after being banned. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Moreover, both star batsmen were visibly shaken. The ball-tamperer Cameron Bancroft briefed the gathering at Sydney Airport on Thursday.

However, in his social media statement, the explosive opener has openly accepted his involvement which further saw his wife Candice Warner breaking down.

“Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket. I apologise for my part and take responsibility for it,” Warner wrote.

Warner made his appearance at the Sydney Airport after crestfallen Smith’s emotional press conference.

 “At the moment, my priority is to get these kids in bed and rest up and let my mind be clear so I can think and talk to you in a couple of days,” Australian media quoted Warner.

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Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft sanctioned by CA. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Earlier, the Board sanctioned both cricketers for one year, as Bancroft is serving the nine-month ban.

On the other side, Warner maintained he is looking forward to taking care of his family before holding a press conference on Saturday (March 31).

“As you can understand, it’s been a tough and an emotional time for my wife and the kids. At this present time, you’ll hear from me in a couple of days,” Warned maintained.

Owing to the relations, the toxic seeped amid the friendship between Smith and Warner. The speculations are doing the rounds that the professionals might not be allowed to represent the same team in the foreseeable future.

According to the narrative, David is said to behind the plan of ‘Sandpaper Gate’ in which Bancroft became a scapegoat.

Also, Steven Smith made the admission during a press conference at Newlands that it was a ‘leadership group’ tactic.

The incident took place during the penultimate Test when Bancroft was seen changing the condition of the ball.

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Lehmann has also tendered his resignation. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Moreover, the 25-year-old Bancroft stuffed the evidence in his trousers. Before the perplexed coach, Darren Lehmann instructed twelfth man Peter Handscomb on a walkie-talkie to check what’s going wrong on the field.

The pair is said to have developed rift after underhand tactics were caught on camera during the third Test on day three.

Smith has been serving as Australian leader, and Warner served the country as his deputy of late.

Interestingly, both won’t be able to lead the team for next 24 months following the latest verdict from Cricket Australia.


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Steven Smith and David Warner. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Ball-tampering: Twitter reacts as Cricket Australia sanctions trio

Following the public outcry over the recent ball-tampering saga, Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday has suspended Steven Smith and David Warner from the competitive cricket for one year each.

However, the ball-tamperer Cameron Bancroft will stay out of the cricketing field for nine months.

So much so, the statement maintained both are being banned from the captaincy post for the period of two years.

Subsequently, Smith and Warner will miss out the eleventh edition of the IPL. The latest statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed.

The Board has been investigating the brazen incident since March 24 when Bancroft was caught on TV camera while altering the condition of the ball during third day’s play of the penultimate Test.

With this verdict, CA has answered all its burning questions when it took a hit owing to the spirit of the game.

Moreover, while banning the skipper and his deputy, the Australian board has sent out a strong message to the world cricket, but it has been somewhat unjustified while considering the deliberate mistake.

The Twittersphere had registered mixed reactions over the sanctions from Cricket Australia. Some termed the decision ‘harsh’ upon players and some went on to defend the verdict of its board.

Earlier, on March 27, the Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has made clear by saying the justice will be served. However, the CA chairman David Peever maintained it was more than the technical offence.

Smith stepped down from his captaincy post which saw wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine being handed an opportunity to lead the side in South Africa.

Prominent batsman further decided to stand down from the post of captaincy for Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals.

Moreover, the 31-year-old Warner also stood down as his deputy before deciding not to lead IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Considering the latest development, the trio could feature in the grade-level cricket. The players also won’t be entertained to be available for their respective state sides.

To clarify it further, the players are barred to feature in the CA sponsored events which include burgeoning T20 league like the Big Bash League (BBL)

Interestingly, it is yet to be clarified whose idea was it to tamper the ball with sticky tape.

Recently, Smith also tendered the public apology alongside Bancroft when both admitted the folly.

Here’s how the Twitter world has reacted after the verdict from Cricket Australia broke the internet:

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Photo Credit: AAP.

SA vs AUS 2018: Pain Inflicts on Steve Waugh after Cape Town Shenanigans

Former Australia skipper Steve Waugh has broken his silence with the latest statement on his official Facebook page.

It is over the recent Australian underhand tactics in Cape Town against South Africa.

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Waugh reminisced about modifying the paper in 2003 for Spirit of Cricket introduced by the MCC. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Being the part Australian cricketing culture, Waugh expressed the huge concern over the latest unfortunate turn of events. While adding, the fans have also been affected in one way or another.

“Like many, I’m deeply troubled by the events in Cape Town this last week, and acknowledge the thousands of messages I have received, mostly from heartbroken cricket followers worldwide,” Waugh wrote on Facebook. 

The veteran cricketer Waugh is saddened by the unfortunate incident which happened on day three of the Newlands Test on March 24.

Waugh reiterated they have been believing in free and fair play while donning the Baggy Green. He revealed they have been of this belief that their team could win the game.

“The Australian Cricket team has always believed it could win in any situation against any opposition, by playing combative, skilful and fair cricket, driven by our pride in the fabled Baggy Green,” Waugh said.

The brazen incident saw the 52-year old Waugh pushing for the focused perspective owing to the latest fiasco.

“A focused and balanced perspective is needed in the condemnation on those involved in this, with a clear and critical consideration to the social impact and mental health of all players,” Waugh further said.

Waugh reminisced of modifying the paper in 2003 for Spirit of Cricket introduced by the MCC. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Darren Lehmann is also distraught after the incident. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Moreover, Australia head coach Darren Lehmann is hinted to be stepping down from his post.

In addition, Smith alongside is facing the wrath of being expected to be banned at least for a year owing to the latest speculations.

Waugh subsequently stated he is a greater believer in the mantra Australian carried forward throughout the year. But he somewhat hinted some of the players have crossed past the line owing to the latest shenanigans.

“I have no doubt the current Australian team continues to believe in this mantra, however, some have now failed our culture, making a serious error of judgement in the Cape Town Test Match,” Waugh maintained.

Cricket Australia is thoroughly investigating the shocking incident following the visibly shaken statement by its chief executive James Sutherland in Melbourne.

“I will support all positive action to ensure an outcome for the betterment of the game, regaining the trust and faith of every fan of cricket,” Waugh believes.

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Smith-Bancroft faces charge after fronting up questions in the press conference. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The admission of Smith and Cameron Bancroft has further irked the fans. Both have been charged by the world cricket governing body International Cricket Council.

The New South Wales-based Smith is facing the suspension of a one-match ban. He is eventually docked with hundred percent match fee.

However, ICC charged the 25-year old Bancroft with the match fee of 75 percent.

The star cricketer Steve Waugh featured in 325 One-day Internationals and 168 Tests for Australia.

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Australia trail 2-1 in the four-match Test series against the Proteas. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Viral Spoof Video Mocks Australian Players Over Ball-Tampering Scandal in Cape Town

As the ball-tampering saga has been blown out of proportion after Australian leader Steven Smith openly admitted they have tampered with the cherry, the latest spoof video will leave you in splits.

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Steven Smith is facing the heat. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Regarding the Sandpaper Gate, Smith alongside opening batsman Cameron Bancroft further tendered the public apology. However, the ration station Triple J has trolled its professional in a one-minute 22-second long video.

Interestingly, the national radio station has been behind the creative work, according to the reports.

While taking a dig at their players, the fresh video also revealed the underarm incident of Australian Greg Trevor in 1981 against England. Greg went on to suggest his brother Trevor — to bowl underarm delivery against the Kiwis.

The video has already garnered 88.9k views, 2,276 likes and 1,843 retweets.

Earlier, on day three of the penultimate Test in Cape Town, SuperSport broadcasting giant in its footage revealed Bancroft rubbed the ball with the yellow tape.

The Western Australian further went on to hide it in his crotch. On-field umpires; Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth quizzed the 25-year old cricketer.

The world cricket body, ICC handed the star batsman Smith one-match ban with the match fee of hundred percent. Bancroft has to shed 75 percent match fee.

As the miseries are piling for Smith, it further engulfed explosive opener, David Warner. The reports suggested both could face a 12-month ban from the Cricket Australia (CA).

In addition, the fans across the cricketing globe have also registered their protest. The media reports from Australia already claimed Australia cricket could be relying on the major overhaul.

Australia head coach Darren Lehmann is expected to tender his resignation at any moment.

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James Sutherland. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

So much so, after the chief executive of CA, James Sutherland termed the incident shocking, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull expressed sadness.

Turnbull believes the sledging should also come to an end.

In addition, Smith, who stood down from his top-brass post for the Kangaroos also decided to step down as a skipper for Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals.

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Morne Morkel's five-for puts South Africa in strong position against Australia. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Here’s the daily sports round-up from around the globe on 26th March 2018

Here is Sportzwiki’s daily sports round-up which features prime news from around the world, on 26th of March 2018. It’s further about sporting events like cricket, football, and badminton which has already grabbed the attention of all the sports enthusiasts.

South Africa crush Australia in Cape Town Test by 322 runs –

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South African bowlers tease Australian batters at Newlands. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

In the controversy-hit Test match, South Africa focused on cricket to take the lead of 2-1 against Australia in the ongoing four-match Test series.

After Cameron Bancroft was caught for suspectingly rubbing the ball with his trousers, ICC in its verdict hands over a one-match ban to Steven Smith and hundred percent match fee.

However, Bancroft was charged of 75 percent match fee and thee demerit points were handed over to him.

Talking about the reputation which has been at stake after Bancroft was caught using yellow tape — to scuff the ball.

But Lanky fast-bowler Morne Morkel stood tall with his bowling prowess. He broke the back of Australian batting line-up after the visitors hit the nadir.

Morkel claimed the sensational match figures of five for 23 in 9.4 overs to halt Australia’s second innings at 107 in 39.4 overs.

Opening batsman David Warner was the top-scorer with 67-ball 32 after registering the first-wicket stand of 57 runs.

However, the top-order collapsed as Australia lost three wickets at the score of 59. Moreover, the side was led by Tim Paine after Smith stood down.

In addition, Australia lost two wickets at the score of 86 which further was repeated on the total of 94.

New Zeland ease past England in pink-ball Test –

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England trail two-match Test series 1-0. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

In the rain-hit Test match, the hosts’ New Zealand bowlers were strong enough to eke out the England wickets. This happened on the final day of the first Test at Eden Park on March 26.

Simultaneously, England folded out for 320 in 126.1 overs in the second innings despite some resistance from Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes late down the order. Both went on to smash respective fifties.

However, skipper Joe Root and opening batsman Mark Stoneman also struck respective half-centuries.

Man of the Match Trent Boult claimed nine wickets in the match.

In second innings, Neil Wagner, Todd Astle also claimed three wickets each, as Tim Southee settled with the one.

Ajinkya Rahane to lead Rajasthan Royals as Steven Smith steps down –

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Steven Smith stepped down as a captain for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2018. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

In addition, Steven Smith has stood down from the post of his captaincy for IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals. This came following the ball-tampering saga in Cape Town Test.

However, Ajinkya Rahane will be leading the Jaipur-based outfit in the eleventh edition of IPL.

Results of International football friendlies –

Slovakia 3-2 Thailand

Cuba 3-3 Nicaragua

Cameroon 3-1 Kuwait

Faroe Islands 3-0 Liechtenstein

Jamaica 1-1 Antigua and Barbuda

Gabon 1-0 United Arab Emirates

Gibraltar 1-0 Latvia

Bermuda 0-0 Barbados

Dominican Republic 2-1 St. Kitts and Nevis

This is all for the sportzwiki’s sports round-up for March 25, 2018.

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Ball-tampering: It’s completely out of Cameron Bancroft’s character: Adam Voges

Cricket Australia lynchpins scheduled to travel South Africa for probing into Sandpaper scandal

Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2018
Umpires also quizzed Cameron Bancroft before drawing ire. Photo Credit: AFP.

Ball-tampering: It’s completely out of Cameron Bancroft’s character: Adam Voges

Adam Voges, who served as a leader for Cameron Bancroft in the Big Bash League (BBL) hinted the latter was forced to tamper with the ball while not shying away from maintaining the opening batsman could go beyond any extent for the side.

“Cameron Bancroft is the kind of guy that would do anything for the team. “But if the team asks Cameron to do something he’ll do it for them,” Cricket Australia quotes Voges.

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The devious act of Bancroft takes Adam Voges by surprise. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Experienced Australian cricketer Voges further suggested Bancroft could have morally ignored the idea. He led Western Australia, the same side 25-year-old Bancroft is representing.

“That probably sums up his willingness to do something that I’m sure morally and ethically was against what he wanted to do,” Voges said.

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Adam Voges made a massive claim about Bancroft after latter’s admission. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Pertinently, Bancroft was caught while changing the condition of the ball with the use of a yellow object. It further turned out to be the tape. The admission of an offense including skipper Steven Smith in a post-day three press conference irked fans worldwide.

The top-order batsman Adam Voges reacted he was taken by surprise while watching a player like Bancroft being involved in the controversy.

“It’s completely out of his character. My initial reaction is that certainly wasn’t an idea he came up with by himself,” Voges added.

The 38-year-old Voges revealed he was saddened by the visuals which appeared during the third day’s play of Cape Town Test.

“I was completely shattered when I saw the footage and being in the press conference with Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft last night and [watching] them admit guilt of trying to alter the condition of the ball,” Voges reiterated.

It subsequently resulted in a one-match suspension of Smith including 100 percent match fee. The world cricket body ICC further hands three demerit points to Bancroft while charging him with the match fee of 75 percent.

While reacting to the blatant on-field cheating, Voges stated it was not meant to be the ‘character’ of Bancroft to alter the cherry.

Adam Voges, Australia, Cameron Bancroft, Steven Smith, Cape Town, South Africa
On day four of the Cape Town Test, Smith stood down as a leader. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The Australian opener Bancroft also tendered the public apology after accepting the fault. Moreover, Smith maintained it was the tactic of the team owing to the ‘leadership group’ plan.

Voges, who represented Australia in 31 One-day Internationals, 20 Tests and seven T20Is for Australia. He had somewhat empathy for his teammate Bancfort.

In the penultimate Test, South Africa rout the Kangaroos with a 322-run win after visitors were bowled out for 107 in second innings. Bancroft scored 26 in the second innings after 77 runs off 103 in first innings.

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