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.


Lehmann at heart of cultural contradiction
Lehmann at heart of cultural contradiction

Cricket Australia claim they want to tackle their team's cultural malaise, yet they've stood by the man most associated with the winning-at-all-costs mentality

Smith, Warner and Bancroft to leave South Africa
Smith, Warner and Bancroft to leave South Africa

Australia coach Darren Lehmann was found to have had no knowledge of the ball-tampering plan, and will remain in his position

'Teams have been waiting for Australia to stuff up' - Bayliss
'Teams have been waiting for Australia to stuff up' - Bayliss

England coach said he was "embarrassed" by what his fellow countrymen had done during the Cape Town Test

Why is Australia so outraged at Steven Smith's team?
Why is Australia so outraged at Steven Smith's team?

Ball-tampering happens in cricket, so why has what Australia did in Cape Town been decried so vehemently at home? The answer lies in the role sport plays in the identity of the nation

Steven Smith steps down as Rajasthan Royals captain following ball-tampering scandal
Steven Smith steps down as Rajasthan Royals captain following ball-tampering scandal

India batsman Ajinkya Rahane will lead Royals, who are returning to the IPL this year after serving a two-year ban for corruption

Smith, Warner, Lehmann in sights as Sutherland flies to SA
Smith, Warner, Lehmann in sights as Sutherland flies to SA

In the face of universal outrage over the ball-tampering controversy, the chief executive will arrive in Johannesburg on Tuesday to assess the findings of the integrity officer's hurried investigation

FICA chief calls for 'honour code' among players
FICA chief calls for 'honour code' among players

Cricketers around the world should consider taking a leading role in adopting their own honour code under which they operate, according to Tony Irish, chief executive of FICA

Australia must forge new identity - Paine
Australia must forge new identity - Paine

After echoing the Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland in apologising to fans of the game, Australia's captain for now, Tim Paine, believes his team must forge a new and better identity out of the wreckage of Newlands

Smith, Warner could face life ban from CA
Smith, Warner could face life ban from CA

An ICC suspension from the final Test against South Africa may be just the start of sanctions for Australia's captain and vice-captain

Broad pours scorn on Australian double-standards
Broad pours scorn on Australian double-standards

England fast bowler openly questions Smith's defence of his team's actions, and accuses coach Lehmann of hypocrisy

Steven Smith banned for one Test, Bancroft given three demerit points
Steven Smith banned for one Test, Bancroft given three demerit points

Australia captain Steven Smith will not play the fourth Test against South Africa in Johannesburg, after the ICC gave him the maximum penalty for tampering with the ball

South Africa tighten grip as ball-tampering row erupts
South Africa tighten grip as ball-tampering row erupts

Cameron Bancroft worked on the ball in an incident, which overshadowed the third day's play in Cape Town, where the hosts stretched their lead towards 300

South Africa back on the moral high ground
South Africa back on the moral high ground

Having been so forthright about insisting they play hard but fair, Australia have now been shown up as disingenuous, and have horns on their heads where South Africa have halos

Brettig: Australia's 'line' becomes their noose
Brettig: Australia's 'line' becomes their noose

Australia wondered why there was little sympathy for their players in the face of personal abuse from the Newlands crowd. Then Cameron Bancroft was caught ball-tampering

Australian government calls for Steven Smith to be removed as captain
Australian government calls for Steven Smith to be removed as captain

The country's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the ball-tampering incident in Cape Town a "shocking disappointment"

The ball-tampering incident: full coverage
The ball-tampering incident: full coverage

Full coverage of the ball-tampering incident and its aftermath during Australia tour of South Africa 2017-18

Many ways to tamper - Who used what?
Many ways to tamper - Who used what?

The Bancroft incident in Cape Town is not the first time a cricket ball has been tampered with using a foreign object. Can you match these objects with the players involved?

Steven Smith and Warner stood down as captain and vice-captain
Steven Smith and Warner stood down as captain and vice-captain

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine will lead the side for the last two days of the contest, and Smith and Warner will play under him

This is Australia's moment of truth
This is Australia's moment of truth

It's beyond ball-tampering. It's about how they want to play the game

Desperation drove Australia to cheat - Smith
Desperation drove Australia to cheat - Smith

Australia's captain said it was the decision of the team's 'leadership group' to try and rough up the ball in an effort to get it to reverse, and that the coaches had nothing to do with it