Ball-tampering

Players are barred, by Law 42.3, from rubbing the ball on the ground, interfering with its seam or surface, or using any implement that can alter the condition of the ball to thereby gain unfair advantage. There have been plenty of ugly incidents centring on accusations of ball-tampering through cricket's history: the John Lever "Vaseline" affair in 1976-77; the times England and New Zealand accused Pakistan of it in the early 1990s; Michael Atherton's admission that he used dirt to treat the ball against South Africa in 1994; and perhaps most infamously, the Oval Test of 2006 when Pakistan forfeited the match because they were accused of having tampered with the ball.


Criticism of Australia team culture out of proportion - Ponting
Criticism of Australia team culture out of proportion - Ponting

The former Australia captain, however, said he was shocked by the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, and that the penalties handed out by Cricket Australia were necessary

Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft accept ball-tampering sanctions
Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft accept ball-tampering sanctions

Both players will not challenge the punishments imposed by Cricket Australia - Smith banned for 12 months, and Bancroft for nine, from international and domestic cricket

What do broadcasters have to do with ball-tampering?
What do broadcasters have to do with ball-tampering?

Quite a lot: how big a deal any given incident becomes is up to the footage they provide. Not that that's a call they enjoy taking

ACA calls for reduction of 'disproportionate' sanctions for ball-tampering
ACA calls for reduction of 'disproportionate' sanctions for ball-tampering

The players' body also asked CA to take the contrition shown by the players on their return to Australia into account, and allow them back into domestic cricket sooner

Smith, Warner to push for domestic clearance
Smith, Warner to push for domestic clearance

The former leaders and Cameron Bancroft continue to deliberate on whether or not to take up the option of formal hearings under the board's code of conduct

Cricket Australia and the ICC have to take some blame for poor player behaviour
Cricket Australia and the ICC have to take some blame for poor player behaviour

They have consistently failed to halt the slide in on-field behaviour that has increasingly undermined the game's image

Warner 'resigned' to the fact he may never play for Australia again
Warner 'resigned' to the fact he may never play for Australia again

The banned Australian batsman spoke publicly for the first time on Saturday, a week after the ball-tampering scandal broke in Cape Town

Paine redefines Australia and captaincy
Paine redefines Australia and captaincy

The new Australia captain wanted to foster an environment where players did not feel they had to conform to a narrow idea of what an Australian Test cricketer should be

DEVASTATING! - Michael Clarke
DEVASTATING! - Michael Clarke

An emotional Steven Smith press conference ended with the Australian captain in tears, saying that he was truly sorry for ball-tampering

Broken Smith takes weight of blame
Broken Smith takes weight of blame

A distraught Steven Smith has apologised for the ball-tampering scandal, while breaking down in tears repeatedly during his appearance in front of media soon after his return to Sydney on Thursday

'I've given up my spot for free' - Bancroft
'I've given up my spot for free' - Bancroft

Cameron Bancroft was speaking to reporters on his return to Perth on Thursday afternoon, following his nine-month ban from international and domestic cricket handed by Cricket Australia

What's with the sanctimony, Mr Waugh?
What's with the sanctimony, Mr Waugh?

If there's a problem with the Australian team's culture, Steve Waugh is as much to blame as any of the current players

Warner apologises for 'stain on the game'
Warner apologises for 'stain on the game'

In his first public statement since the ball-tampering scandal occurred, David Warner has apologised for the part he played in bringing cricket to disrepute

'Warner's not a bad person' - Williamson
'Warner's not a bad person' - Williamson

The New Zealand captain also reflected on the importance of their culture, which has been cited as an example to be followed by coach Darren Lehmann in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal

Reverse swing: cricket's ball-tampering problem in plain sight
Reverse swing: cricket's ball-tampering problem in plain sight

Everyone knows about the methods used by players to make the ball reverse, but few in power have chosen to take issue with it - until now

Warner and Smith axed from IPL 2018
Warner and Smith axed from IPL 2018

The decision from the BCCI came as news broke that CA was banning the players for 12 months, in the wake of tremendous outrage over the ball-tampering incident at Newlands from back home in Australia

CA says sandpaper was used to tamper, not sticky tape as Bancroft claimed
CA says sandpaper was used to tamper, not sticky tape as Bancroft claimed

The board issued a detailed statement of the punishment handed out to Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for ball tampering

Smith, Warner banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia
Smith, Warner banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia

Cameron Bancroft, the player to actually tamper with the ball during the Cape Town Test, has been banned for nine months, as the fall-out of the scandal rumbles on

'Lehmann is one of the good guys' - Allan Border
'Lehmann is one of the good guys' - Allan Border

With Darren Lehmann set to speak publicly for the first time since the ball-tampering scandal broke, former Australia captain Allan Border has thrown his support behind the under-fire coach

Warner steps down as Sunrisers Hyderabad captain
Warner steps down as Sunrisers Hyderabad captain

David Warner has stepped down as captain of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad in the wake of his role in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test