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Australian ball tampering: was Cam Bancroft's pocketed 'sugar' actually chewing gum

Australian ball tampering: was Cam Bancroft's pocketed 'sugar' actually chewing gum

Although there was no evidence and no formal complaints were made, sources close to the England team have toldThe Times that several conversations were held among the players questioning how Australia were able to get the ball to reverse swing in unhelpful conditions.

Root was asked whether, as a test captain, he had lay down guidelines for his team around what is and what isn't allowed, to prevent them from doing what Cameron Bancroft did with the ball during the third test of their series against South Africa, a plan set in motion by his captain, Steve Smith, who has said it was the first time they had done such a thing.

Television footage has shown Australian fielder Cameron Bancroft taking an object out of his pocket and appearing to rub it on the ball in the third Test in Cape Town on Saturday.

Broad said he found it hard to understand why Smith would authorise the illegal scuffing of the ball.

"Look at the Ashes series that we've just played".

It's an approach that stands in stark contrast to the aggression of the Australians, which has been laid bare by the recent ball-tampering scandal that rocked the foundations of the sport.

He will now miss the fourth Test match against South Africa which is scheduled to be played in Johannesburg from Mar 30 to April 3. "In virtually all of those Test matches they reverse-swung the ball in, sometimes, conditions that you wouldn't expect the ball to reverse", he said.

Vaughan believes Aussie ball tampering has been going on for a while.

Australia beat England 4-0 in the Ashes but Vaughan believes it may be tainted
Australia beat England 4-0 in the Ashes but Vaughan believes it may be tainted

He added: "Me thinks the Hole has just got a little deeper & bigger for Cricket Australia", while ex-England star Kevin Pietersen tweeted: "Lehmann never knew", followed by a host of laughing emojis.

"So I don't understand why they've changed their method for this one game". "Steve said it's the first time they've tried it. I don't see why they would have changed their method for this game".

Warner was particularly incensed at something said to him by South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock during the first test.

"Any England player, or probably media, that have toured Australia can laugh at those comments really, because some of the comments we hear on the pitch by Australian supporters, known as banter, having toured South Africa, I know it's worse than South Africa".

Broad was asked by The Sun if he thought Lehmann was a hypocrite and said: "That's your word, not mine, but I would agree with you, yes".

"I personally wasn't aware of anything going on throughout that series", Root said, before turning to the situation now ongoing in South Africa.

It has been reported that England were suspicious of Australia's tactics back then.

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