Cricket controversy: Bancroft, Smith admit ball-tampering

Jo Caldwell
March 25, 2018

Bancroft was caught by cameras holding a small yellow object which he would later explain was tape he was carrying with the intention of trying to rough up the ball.

"Unfortunately I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and I want to be here because I'm accountable for my actions as well".

A remorseful Bancroft admitted he was nervous at taking on his role in the scam and panicked when he realised that cameras in the stadium had caught him in the act, placing the tape in his underwear to keep it out of the gaze of the umpires.

"The leadership group knew about it, we spoke about it at lunch", Smith said. It's not within the spirit of the game and my integrity, the team's integrity and the leadership group's integrity has come into question and rightfully so.

However, Smith insisted he would not resign.

This really is a shocking admission from Smith who has every right to be more than embarrassed for his actions. I have to take control of the ship. "I'm not proud of it", the Australian skipper said.

The Australian opener appeared to rub the ball with a yellow item, which was then returned to his pocket before being dropped down the front of his pants.

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Footage later broadcast showed Bancroft rubbing the ball and then seemingly putting an object back in his pocket.

"He's got that object in his hand and he takes it to the ball", former Proteas skipper Smith said during commentary. "It didn't work. Once I was sighted on the (stadium) screen I panicked quite a lot, and that resulted in me shoving it (the tape) down my pants".

Cameron Bancroft adjusts the waistband of his pants.

The tampering and hiding of the tape was replayed over and over in slow motion and close up, on the big screen at Newlands and on television.

This is the latest incident in a fractious four-match series in which several players have already been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

"The leadership group knew about it".

"We had a discussion during the break". We've seen the ball reversing through this series and this ball didn't seem like it was going to go.

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"The coach isn't involved". We saw this game as such as an important game. The footage doesn't look good, ' he said.

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.

"That was a mistake on our part, such poor actions, and it won't happen again under my leadership I can promise you".

"I'm incredibly sorry for trying to bring the game into disrepute the way we did".

AUSTRALIAN opener Cameron Bancroft found himself at the centre of controversy on day three at Cape Town, with onfield umpires inquiring what he had in his pocket.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan was scathing in his criticism of the Australians.

Boucher also retweeted another social media user who mocked Lehmann's double standards, referencing his remarks ahead of the 2013/14 Ashes when he encouraged Australian crowds to abuse English quick Stuart Broad for "blatant cheating".

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