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Mitchell Starc frustrated over involvement in ball-tampering scandal

All bowlers within the Australian team deny any involvement in the scandal.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

In recent times, Cricket Australia has been rocked by a bevvy of scandals and all-time lows. The most recent low of them all was a few days back when Chief Executive James Sutherland took a decision to step down. Of course, the ball-tampering scandal has now seen their stalwarts and talismen David Warner and Steve Smith lose out on their jobs. However, they still remain a formidable force with the likes of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood within their ranks.

Recently, Mitchell Starc, Australia‘s premier fast bowler has come out and defended himself from any implications in the ball-tampering scandal. Starc, being one of the premier strike bowlers in the XI has come out a frustrated figure after his reputation had been affected by the scandal. Speaking about the same, Starc said that he was part of a group that affected other players’ reputations.

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“They obviously didn’t see how big the reaction was going to be at that time and then went down the path of not telling the whole truth and then I guess involving another group, which ruined — well, not ruined — but affected other reputations.”

Usually have ball maintenance people within the team

Speaking further on the scandal, Starc said that there were players in the side who did the ball maintenance. He also added that if the ball stopped swinging, then the reverse swing would play a huge factor soon.

“We obviously have ball maintenance people in the team, usually batsmen because they are in the circle and the bowlers field at fine leg,” he said. “They look after the ball from time to time and if it stops swinging, normally it starts to reverse swing.

“We pretty much get it at the top of our mark one second before we start running in. We have a quick look to see which side of the ball is more worn than the other.”

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