#AussieCheats trends on Twitter after Australia players admits to ball-tampering

Australia’s opening batsman Cameron Bancroft has admitted he tampered with the ball during the third Test against South Africa, and captain Steve Smith says he knew of the plan in advance.

TV footage showed Bancroft take what he said was a yellow tape out of his trouser pocket before rubbing the ball.


The 25-year-old said after the play he had been charged with attempting to change the condition of the ball.

Smith said the team’s “leadership group” had spoken about it and “thought it was a way to get an advantage”.

How the incident unfolded ?


When the ball was thrown to Bancroft, TV footage showed the fielder take an object out of his pocket before rubbing the ball, then putting something back in his pocket.

After footage of the incident was broadcast, a message appeared to be sent out to him on the field. He put the tape down the front of his trousers before being spoken to by on-field umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth.

At that point he turned out his pockets, revealing only a black cloth.

The umpires did not change the ball, and images of the incident on the big screen resulted in some booing from spectators.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the ‘cheating’ incident:

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