Another scandal to tarnish Australian cricket? Here’s the revelation
The incident occurred in the 43rd over of the South African innings.
Updated - May 13, 2019 1:41 pm
The Australian team and South Africa are playing against each other for three ODIs, two of which are done and dusted now with the series levelled at 1-1, and one T20I to be played. The first ODI saw South Africa absolutely blowing Australia away by six wickets, while the Aussies won the second encounter by seven runs courtesy of a brilliant last over from part-time off-break bowler Glenn Maxwell.
In the meantime, the second ODI at Adelaide Oval between the two teams has been in news for not-so-good reasons as people on the social media are claiming that Aussie leg-break bowler Adam Zampa attempted to alter the condition of the leather during the match.
The incident occurred in the 43rd over of the South African innings, when just before the start of the over, Zampa was caught with his hand in the pocket that ultimately sneaked out and rubbed itself on the ball. It seemed as if Australia haven’t learned their lesson that the sandpaper-gate taught them so hard.
Here’s the video of the same
They wouldn't be doing it again would they…why oh why do they still allow pockets?? pic.twitter.com/Yxnm4beqHM
— Marco (@marcongers) November 9, 2018
What’s the truth?
As things became clearer after the clip got attention, it came to fore that Zampa was only using a hand-warmer, that’s quite common in Australia and England, especially when the temperatures fall, sometimes below double digits. Mitchell Starc, another Australian player, has also been taped while using it during a Test match, and there’s nothing wrong in it, by any means.
The incident got so much air because Australia are yet to recover from the shock of losing two of their best players- David Warner and Steve Smith- along with a promising new-comer in Cameron Bancroft, two for a year and one for 9 months after they were involved in ball-tampering at Newlands, Cape Town in South Africa, earlier this year in March.
People couldn’t believe the Aussies would do this again and more so, after just around six months from the incident, and as we know now, they were right; the Aussies haven’t done ‘it’ this time. It was just a false claim that has now been busted.
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~Written by Nahmat Maeraj