Australian bowlers, who were a part of the famous third Test against South Africa, where the ball-tampering controversy took place, have now responded to Cameron Bancroft’s claims. Recently, Cameron Bancroft had hinted that the bowlers might knew about the ball tampering incident.
After the match, three players – Captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, who had a sandpaper in his pocket. Over the last few days, since Bancroft’s interview with The Guardian, numerous players including Michael Clarke, Adam Gilchrist, Ian Chappell and Michael Bevan have lashed out at the other bowlers and are refusing to believe that bowlers had nothing to do with it.
Australian bowlers release a joint statement
Thus, all the Australian bowlers – Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood, who were a part of that Test, have issued a statement, claiming their honesty and also said that they are disappointed that some people have questioned their integrity.
“We pride ourselves on our honesty. So it’s been disappointing to see that our integrity has been questioned by some journalists and past players in recent days in regard to the Cape Town Test of 2018,” wrote the statement in Cricket Australia’s official website.
‘There was no sign of damage on the ball’
“We did not know a foreign substance was taken onto the field to alter the condition of the ball until we saw the images on the big screen at Newlands. And to those who, despite the absence of evidence, insist that ‘we must have known’ about the use of a foreign substance simply because we are bowlers, we say this: The umpires during that Test match, Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth, both very respected and experienced umpires, inspected the ball after the images surfaced on the TV coverage and did not change it because there was no sign of damage,” the statement added.
“None of this excuses what happened on the field that day at Newlands. It was wrong and it should never have happened. We’ve all learned valuable lessons and we’d like to think the public can see a change for the better in terms of the way we play, the way we behave and respect the game. Our commitment to improving as people and players will continue.”
Finally, they requested to end this scandal and said that it’s time to move on. “We respectfully request an end to the rumour-mongering and innuendo. It has gone on too long and it is time to move on,” they concluded.