Stuart Broad hopeful of David Warner writing a book on the sandpaper gate after retirement
Cameron Bancroft's recent revelations have opened up the debate on 2018 ball-tampering scandal again.
Updated - May 18, 2021 12:34 pm
The Sandpaper Gate has again become the hot topic of discussion after Cameron Bancroft’s shocking revelations hinting that Australian bowlers had an idea about the ball-tampering saga beforehand. England’s bowling spearhead Stuart Broad too joined the bandwagon and has shared the opinion on the trending topic. He hopes that David Warner might write a book on the controversy after retirement.
The infamous saga had occurred in 2018 in Newlands which had left the cricketing world in a state of shock. Broad has now opened up on the matter and has spoken about the bowlers being more sensitive towards the condition of the ball than anybody else.
“I’ve obviously never bowled within the Australian bowling attack but I can talk about how, in an England Test team, if I miss the seam by four millimeters, Jimmy Anderson is on me,” Broad said. “He’ll be saying ‘why has this ball got a mark on it here? It’s because you’ve missed the seam! Start hitting the seam, will you,” he added according to India Today.
Stuart Broad explains the importance of reverse swing
The fiasco unfolded during the third Test featuring South Africa because Australia’s bowlers failed to find any reverse swing as they were getting restless with the hosts piling on the runs. “Reverse swing with the red ball can be affected by so many different things. If you chase it to the boundary and throw it into the grass it can smooth the ball over and stop it from reversing.
“If you touch the ball with wet hands it will stop it from reversing. If you shine it in a way that smooths over the rough side it will stop it from reversing,” Broad further added. While clearly not all details of the ball-tampering scandal are out, Stuart Broad is hoping that David Warner writes delving deep into the matter once he hangs his boots.
“I have seen a couple of comments from David Warner’s agent, too, and I think it will be an interesting time when he stops playing for Australia and writes a book,”
The 2021-22 Ashes series is about to begin in the month of November and Stuart Broad feels the heat has surely turned on the Australians before the action would kick-off. “There’s no doubt the Aussies would have been hoping this episode was signed sealed and delivered. It was an incredibly tough thing for those three players to go through.
“I can’t see it still being a conversation [when the Ashes start] in November, December, but I can see it being sung in the Barmy Army stands if they’re allowed,” the pacer signed off.