England news October 3, 2011

We haven't tampered with the ball - Cook

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England's one-day captain Alastair Cook has rubbished claims by Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul that James Anderson and Stuart Broad were involved in ball tampering. Cook said if Gul did have any concerns he should have gone through the proper channels.

Gul hit the headlines after giving an interview in Karachi, where he suggested he had seen examples of ball tampering and mentioned seeing Anderson and Broad using various techniques. However, he later tried to step back from controversy by saying he was only talking about the England pair in relation to natural wear that develops on a ball by throwing it across the outfield.

"We certainly haven't tampered with the ball and if he did have any complaints he should have gone to the ICC over that," Cook said at Heathrow airport ahead of England's departure for their one-day series in India. "I think he has almost said himself that it has been a bit of a mountain out of a molehill."

In a statement to Pakpassion.net, where Gul's original comments first appeared, he clarified his remarks. "I was explaining that the ball gets scratched when it is thrown against the rough surface or hits the advertisement boards along the boundary rope. In this manner, I said, every bowler can be accused of doing it."

Gul made his earlier comments in an interview where he talked about the art of reverse swing and how various elements of ball tampering shouldn't be included with the laws. "Leave cricket with its traditional ways rather than making changes that would take all the charm out of it," he said.

The recent change to using a separate ball from either end during one-day internationals, which will be implemented for the first time when Bangladesh play West Indies, could impact the role of reverse swing during 50-over matches. Under the previous regulations the ball was changed after 34 overs and the period shortly before the switch was when the fast bowlers would sometimes start to get the ball to reverse. However, with neither ball having no more than 25 overs of wear it will be harder for the natural deterioration to take place.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on October 6, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    in 2005 england did do it. and ever since england have try but failed. now they could still be doing it but it is still in the air about what level they are doing it.

  • RandyOZ on October 5, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Sad thing is England think theyre so good after 1 Ashes win. hahahah good thing they'll never reach our 20 years dominance!

  • phoenixsteve on October 5, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    As an England supporter some of these comments make my blood boil! However. rather than respond to ridiculous accusations born out of envy.... I'm going to let my team do the talking! Can't wait to read all the pathetic excuses from subcontinent fans(excepting Sri Lamka) COME ON ENNGLAND!!!

  • Vishnu27 on October 4, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Enjoy the heady moments, landl47. You definitely like milking it for all it's worth; & justifiably so. However, I personally don't think England have a "dynasty" kind of set-up/squad. I may be completely wrong though. So let's just see how long you can hold that number one ranking, shall we? I don't think you'll still number one in 12 months. Good luck to England; they were certainly long overdue to show a bit of spinal column & heartbeat.

  • shillingsworth on October 4, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    The ICC statement regarding the allegations against Broad and Anderson said 'having reviewed relevant television footage, the umpires decided not to bring a charge against any player for a breach of Law 42.3. As such, the ICC now considers this specific matter to be closed.' End of story.

  • thegone on October 4, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    All this talk about changing the law as its a batsmans game is irrelevent. The fact of the matter is that the laws of the game dictate that certin ways of ageing the ball are illegal inc some of the methods anderson has been seen doing. If he is ball tampering he must recive a punishment. If this was a Pakistan player doing the same thing he would have been exposed by now. This is not the first time england have bent the spirit of the game, think back to the 05 ashes campain and their use of the 12 man. Lets get serious about protecting that spirit or we may as well give up and trow rock at each other instead

  • sweetspot on October 4, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    I can say with conviction that James Anderson does not know HOW to tamper a cricket ball, particularly the white one. Or else, would he get belted by Bangladesh for ninety in ten? I think his tampering had the reverse effect in the sub continent! As for Broad, I wouldn't blame him, after going for 36 in 6 balls against Yuvraj Singh. But England did use more than one year old red balls for the entire Test series against India - preserved for the prodigious swing old red balls produce.

  • on October 4, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    broad roughed up the ball with his foot and everyone knows it. they have used lollies before as well. the sydney test in the ashes. that ball looked like it was roughed up by different means

  • landl47 on October 4, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    What a load of nonsense. What Anderson did was simply tidying up the ball- he didn't touch the seam or alter the ball so that it would give him an advantage. If anything, what he did in picking off a small loose piece of leather (something the umpires do regularly) made the ball behave more predictably. This film has been reviewed and it was determined Anderson did nothing wrong. As for 'outrage' from subcontinental fans... Dravid was fined for tampering. Imran Khan admitted tampering. Tendulkar has been filmed cleaning the ball with his fingernail, exactly what Anderson did. Umar Gul got excited and said too much and is now backtracking in a panic. More pathetic excuses from sides whom England has beaten in the last year in both tests and ODIs. @Cric1988- I guess you missed the Ashes series in Australia where Anderson took 24 wickets @ 26 each. @jonesy2- I still laugh when I think about England beating Aus 3 times by an innings in Australia. I guess England are good, as you said.

  • soorajiyer on October 4, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    The same molehill becomes a himalayas, if it was an Indian/Pakistani or Srilankan doing it! Its been that way for ages.

  • on October 6, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    in 2005 england did do it. and ever since england have try but failed. now they could still be doing it but it is still in the air about what level they are doing it.

  • RandyOZ on October 5, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Sad thing is England think theyre so good after 1 Ashes win. hahahah good thing they'll never reach our 20 years dominance!

  • phoenixsteve on October 5, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    As an England supporter some of these comments make my blood boil! However. rather than respond to ridiculous accusations born out of envy.... I'm going to let my team do the talking! Can't wait to read all the pathetic excuses from subcontinent fans(excepting Sri Lamka) COME ON ENNGLAND!!!

  • Vishnu27 on October 4, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Enjoy the heady moments, landl47. You definitely like milking it for all it's worth; & justifiably so. However, I personally don't think England have a "dynasty" kind of set-up/squad. I may be completely wrong though. So let's just see how long you can hold that number one ranking, shall we? I don't think you'll still number one in 12 months. Good luck to England; they were certainly long overdue to show a bit of spinal column & heartbeat.

  • shillingsworth on October 4, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    The ICC statement regarding the allegations against Broad and Anderson said 'having reviewed relevant television footage, the umpires decided not to bring a charge against any player for a breach of Law 42.3. As such, the ICC now considers this specific matter to be closed.' End of story.

  • thegone on October 4, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    All this talk about changing the law as its a batsmans game is irrelevent. The fact of the matter is that the laws of the game dictate that certin ways of ageing the ball are illegal inc some of the methods anderson has been seen doing. If he is ball tampering he must recive a punishment. If this was a Pakistan player doing the same thing he would have been exposed by now. This is not the first time england have bent the spirit of the game, think back to the 05 ashes campain and their use of the 12 man. Lets get serious about protecting that spirit or we may as well give up and trow rock at each other instead

  • sweetspot on October 4, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    I can say with conviction that James Anderson does not know HOW to tamper a cricket ball, particularly the white one. Or else, would he get belted by Bangladesh for ninety in ten? I think his tampering had the reverse effect in the sub continent! As for Broad, I wouldn't blame him, after going for 36 in 6 balls against Yuvraj Singh. But England did use more than one year old red balls for the entire Test series against India - preserved for the prodigious swing old red balls produce.

  • on October 4, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    broad roughed up the ball with his foot and everyone knows it. they have used lollies before as well. the sydney test in the ashes. that ball looked like it was roughed up by different means

  • landl47 on October 4, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    What a load of nonsense. What Anderson did was simply tidying up the ball- he didn't touch the seam or alter the ball so that it would give him an advantage. If anything, what he did in picking off a small loose piece of leather (something the umpires do regularly) made the ball behave more predictably. This film has been reviewed and it was determined Anderson did nothing wrong. As for 'outrage' from subcontinental fans... Dravid was fined for tampering. Imran Khan admitted tampering. Tendulkar has been filmed cleaning the ball with his fingernail, exactly what Anderson did. Umar Gul got excited and said too much and is now backtracking in a panic. More pathetic excuses from sides whom England has beaten in the last year in both tests and ODIs. @Cric1988- I guess you missed the Ashes series in Australia where Anderson took 24 wickets @ 26 each. @jonesy2- I still laugh when I think about England beating Aus 3 times by an innings in Australia. I guess England are good, as you said.

  • soorajiyer on October 4, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    The same molehill becomes a himalayas, if it was an Indian/Pakistani or Srilankan doing it! Its been that way for ages.

  • me54321 on October 3, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    Finally had a look at the Anderson video, and that is not what I would call ball tampering, but just not following protocol properly. All he did was remove bits hanging off the ball, and if he'd just asked the umpire, the umpire would have got his scissors out and done it for him. Most likely it was right after Broad stood on the ball in one of his hopefully former acts of petulance. It certainly is disappointing to hear an international cricketer bring up controversy like this, to fuel the fire of overly passionate fans.

  • on October 3, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    There is video evidence of Anderson ball tampering.

    AND Trescothic, admitted in his biography they used special sweets dissolved in their mouth and applied on the ball, he admitted the whole English team was doing this illegal ball tampering in the 2003 Ashes I believe, the one the had won.

  • Cric1988 on October 3, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    hahaha very funny from cook! well doesnt matter if anderson tempers the ball or not, he is not a good bowler capable of reverse swing. ignore his record in england and the figures speak for themselves, good bowler are like, wasim, waqar, mcgrath, lee, shoaib, steyn, bond, malinga who use there skills rather than condition and are successful pretty much everywhere...anderson fall in the category of JUST OK bowlers...!

  • hoodbu on October 3, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    You can only use natural means to 'enhance' the condition. Using fingernails to lift the seam constitutes 'tampering'. It would swing the game in the bowler's favor, but then why not?? It's already a batsman's game.

  • Stark62 on October 3, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    @ stephen kisson

    Your the only pathetic one around here!

    Just type "Anderson ball tampering" in youtube and you'll see a vid of your "innocent" Anderson ball tampering and that too very blatantly.

  • on October 3, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    I find Umar's explanation quite satisfactory. To this day no one said throwing balls around to roughen them up is strictly tampering. If he just said Broad and Anderson happened to employ some of the long list of legal and illegal methods, and didn't pin anything officially illegal on them, there's nothing wrong. But yes, people ARE making a mountain out of a molehill, going so far as to ask Alastair Cook about it!

  • daskanam on October 3, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    here u go http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h98N11bSRa4&feature=related watch and decide

  • jonesy2 on October 3, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    i still laugh when i see cook and broad as captains of england haha yeah nah youre good england

  • on October 3, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    hahahahaha, zabardast gul :)

  • on October 3, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    pathetic from gul, try harder next time

  • randikaayya on October 3, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Anderson was caught on camera, very visibly damaging the cover with his finder nails. He even picked off a piece of it. why on earth is Cook defending his bowlers unlawful, unsportsmanlike act? was he part of the plot? Watch is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h98N11bSRa4&feature=related

  • aamerahmad on October 3, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    And what was Micheal Atherton doing by keeping dirt in his pocket!!!!!!

  • on October 3, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    English players are not INNOCENT !! nobody is !! ...... stop defending Anderson, if you don't believe his comments then go watch Videos at youtube.com. South Africa had also put the same comments against Anderson !!

  • daskanam on October 3, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    Here you have prove of that Gull is well said http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h98N11bSRa4&feature=related

  • poderdubdubdub on October 3, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    I honestly dont know why these Pakistani players get into this kind of controversies for no reason, they should focus on their own game and try to improve Pakistan's Test ICC rankings (currently No 6).

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on October 3, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    To add to my previous post, just think how absurd it is that someone, somewhere, many moons ago, stated that it would be lawful for a player to put his spit on the ball and then rub that ball against his groin region??? And yet rubbing the ball against the abrasive pitch surface is deemed "cheating". Someone was having a laugh.... Ball tampering needs to be legalised, as long as it's done with anything found naturally on the field of play.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on October 3, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Throwing balls deliberately on the bounce, scratching with your finger nails, rubbing hands with dust and dirt and then applying to the ball, saliva, polishing ball, mints, stepping on the ball etc, are all forms of ball tampering. And it happens all the time, some of those methods are legal and others not so, but they still take place. IT HAPPENS, we all know it happens. Instead of protesting innocence on something which is commonplace, it's time to just come out and say that ball tampering needs to be legalised, because it will never be stamped out, and neither should it. It's an aid for the bowlers in an era where they're left with nothing. Let them scratch and tamper with the ball as much as they want. Protesting innocence when we all know it takes place isn't sending out the right message.

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  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on October 3, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Throwing balls deliberately on the bounce, scratching with your finger nails, rubbing hands with dust and dirt and then applying to the ball, saliva, polishing ball, mints, stepping on the ball etc, are all forms of ball tampering. And it happens all the time, some of those methods are legal and others not so, but they still take place. IT HAPPENS, we all know it happens. Instead of protesting innocence on something which is commonplace, it's time to just come out and say that ball tampering needs to be legalised, because it will never be stamped out, and neither should it. It's an aid for the bowlers in an era where they're left with nothing. Let them scratch and tamper with the ball as much as they want. Protesting innocence when we all know it takes place isn't sending out the right message.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on October 3, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    To add to my previous post, just think how absurd it is that someone, somewhere, many moons ago, stated that it would be lawful for a player to put his spit on the ball and then rub that ball against his groin region??? And yet rubbing the ball against the abrasive pitch surface is deemed "cheating". Someone was having a laugh.... Ball tampering needs to be legalised, as long as it's done with anything found naturally on the field of play.

  • poderdubdubdub on October 3, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    I honestly dont know why these Pakistani players get into this kind of controversies for no reason, they should focus on their own game and try to improve Pakistan's Test ICC rankings (currently No 6).

  • daskanam on October 3, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    Here you have prove of that Gull is well said http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h98N11bSRa4&feature=related

  • on October 3, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    English players are not INNOCENT !! nobody is !! ...... stop defending Anderson, if you don't believe his comments then go watch Videos at youtube.com. South Africa had also put the same comments against Anderson !!

  • aamerahmad on October 3, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    And what was Micheal Atherton doing by keeping dirt in his pocket!!!!!!

  • randikaayya on October 3, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Anderson was caught on camera, very visibly damaging the cover with his finder nails. He even picked off a piece of it. why on earth is Cook defending his bowlers unlawful, unsportsmanlike act? was he part of the plot? Watch is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h98N11bSRa4&feature=related

  • on October 3, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    pathetic from gul, try harder next time

  • on October 3, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    hahahahaha, zabardast gul :)

  • jonesy2 on October 3, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    i still laugh when i see cook and broad as captains of england haha yeah nah youre good england