South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test Australia Cameron Bancroft charged for ball tampering, Steve Smith admits senior players had hatched plan
Australian opening batsman Cameron Bancroft
could face tampering claims after being spoken to by umpires about an object in his pocket during Saturday’ s play in the third Test against South Africa.
Television footage appeared to show Bancroft take an object out of his pocket while fielding on the third day of the Test at Newlands.
He was then seen tucking the object down the front of his trousers before he spoke to on-field umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth.
Shane Warne, the Australian spin bowling great, said on Twitter he was “very disappointed” by the pictures and called on Australia captain Steve Smith to clear up the “mess” in the post-play press conference. Cameron Bancroft admitted that he has been charged by umpires of altering the conditions of the ball using illegal means during Day 3 of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town. “We just had discussions with the match officials. I’ve been charged with attempting to change the condition of the ball,” said Bancroft in a press conference after Day 3. Bancroft said that he had used a “Yell
Once I was sighted on the big screens I panicked quite a lot,” he said, “That resulted in me shoving it down my trousers.”
Bancroft said that the tape is part of their kit and that he tried to collect some granules from the rough part of the pitch on the sticky part of the tape and then rub the ball with that side, thereby affecting the ball.
Australian captain steve smith who was sitting with Bancroft during the presser, admitted that the “leadership group” of the team knew about it. “We spoke about it at Lunch and I’m not proud of it. It’s not within the spirit of the game, my integrity or the team’s integrity, the leadership group’s integrity has all come to question and rightly so. It’s not on and it certainly won’t happen again I can promise you that.” Smith refused to mention the specific names of the individuals apart from himself who knew about it but he said that the coaches weren’t involved. “It was only the players,” he said.
ow tape” which was caught on camera and the visuals of him using the tape went viral as the day progressed
Aiden Markram and AB de Villiers batted South Africa into a strong position, leaving South Africa at 238 for five in their second innings when bad light ended play, an overall lead of 294. The series is tied at one match apiece.
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Opening batsman Markram made 84 and De Villiers batted with unusual caution to be 51 not out at the close.
In a series that has featured several incidents between South African and Australian players, there was an increased security presence after Australian players complained about “disgraceful” behaviour by spectators.
Guards were placed near the stairs leading to the dressing rooms and an Australian security official positioned himself near David Warner, the player most targeted by the crowd.
Security officials and police were seen talking to people in the crowd and on at least one occasion took some spectators away.
Markram, out for nought in the first innings, could have completed a “pair” but he was dropped off the fourth ball of the second innings when he edged Mitchell Starc low to the left of Usman Khawaja at gully.
He survived another much more difficult chance on 59 when Smith flung himself to his right at second slip and got his fingertips to a flying edge off Josh Hazlewood.
Smith, who held a world record-equalling five catches in the first innings, had already added to his tally by catching first innings century-maker Dean Elgar off Pat Cummins for 14.
Markram, who made a century in the first Test in Durban, batted solidly despite his lapses and hit ten fours and two sixes in a 145-ball innings. He shared partnerships of 76 with Hashim Amla (31) and 47 with AB de Villiers, who was unbeaten on 18.
Markram was out in the last over before tea when he chipped Mitchell Starc to mid-on where Cummins held a low catch.
De Villiers opened his scoring with a slapped six off the back foot over cover off Cummins but it was the only scoring shot in the first 20 balls he faced as he made a cautious start to his innings.
De Villiers looked determined to bat until deep in the innings and had faced 103 balls by the close.
South Africa bowled out Australia for 255 at the start of the day, a first-innings lead of 56, with Australia adding ten runs before losing their last wicket.
Australia`s last batsman, Josh Hazlewood, hit two fours off Kagiso Rabada before he was caught by Amla at first slip off Rabada off the 17th ball of the day]]>