In 2018, the incident of ball tampering came to light in Cape Town Test.
Steve Smith, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft were found guilty.
Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for one year.
Sydney. Former Australia captain Tim Paine has accused South Africa of ball-tampering during the Johannesburg Test match, just days after the Cape Town Test sandpaper-gate that rocked world cricket in 2018. Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months, while captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for one year for ball-tampering during the third Test of the four-match series in Cape Town. The incident also inspired a cultural critique of Australian cricket.
Penn, who took the reins of Australia in Tests after this match, claimed in his new book that South African players had also tampered with the ball during the fourth Test at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Penn wrote in his new autobiography ‘The Paid Price’, “I saw him do this in the fourth Test of that series. It’s hard to even think about what happened in Cape Town, after all the headlines, bans and continuing to play with these things.”
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Paine said, “I was standing at the bowlers’ end in the next Test, when the ball went to the South African player standing at mid-off, there was a big crack on him.” Penn was part of Australia’s playing XI in Cape Town (March 22-26) and then captained the team in the Johannesburg Test (March 30-April 03).”
Penn, who stepped down from Test captaincy last year, also alleged that the broadcasters hid the incident. The former captain said, “The television director who played an active role in capturing Cam (Cameron Bancroft) immediately took the footage off the screen. We also complained to the umpires but they assured us that the same ball has been used since the initial Test in this series.
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“But the telecast of the footage of the incident disappeared,” he said. Penn said he couldn’t believe what he saw on television. He said, “Cricketers keep many things hidden, even the most successful teams. Coaches and support members do the same thing.” Penn said, “When he saw Cameron Bancroft with a piece of sandpaper in his hand, he was stunned. It was the same with all of us.”
This 37-year-old player said that ball tampering is common in cricket. He said that he has seen players in the past tape small pieces of sandpaper to their fingers. Paine agreed that after the Cape Town incident, the team should have supported the trio of Smith, Bancroft and Warner. He said, “Steve and Cam (Cameron) were left alone. The situation was tense and dire. I think Warner was also in solitude and no one was tracking him.”
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 25, 2022, 13:40 IST