Former Aussie skipper Tim Paine has accused South Africa of ball-tampering only days after Australian cricket got hit by the sandpaper-gate scandal in 2018, as per AFP. Paine claimed it was covered up by the match broadcaster.
Paine said so in his new autobiography.
He wrote about how South Africa picked at the seam in the Test after Newlands where TV cameras showed Cameron Bancroft hiding sandpaper in his trousers after he appeared to apply it to the ball.
“I saw it happen in the fourth Test of that series,” he wrote.
“Think about that. After everything that had happened in Cape Town, after all the headlines and bans and carry on,” he added.
“I was standing at the bowlers’ end in the next Test when a shot came up on the screen of a South African player at mid-off having a huge crack at the ball,” he went on to write.
“We went to the umpires about it, which might seem a bit poor, but we’d been slaughtered and were convinced they’d been up to it since the first Test. But the footage got lost. As it would,” he continued.
The Bancroft scandal resulted in then-skipper Steve Smith and deputy David Warner being sacked and banned for a year.
Bancroft was banned for 9 months.
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