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Cricket Australia to launch investigation on ball tampering in Cape Town Test

James Sutherland has promised strict action
James Sutherland has promised strict action
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Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland confirmed that the board has launched an investigation into a ball tampering scandal that broke out during the ongoing third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was assigned the role of changing the condition of the ball and was spotted using a yellow sticky tape to pick up hard granules from the pitch and rub against the cherry to make it swing.

However, his moves were captured in the cameras and now has been charged by the International Cricket Council which could see him lose 100 percent match fee and also a ban for one game.

Smith along with Bancroft admitted in the post-match conference that the ploy was discussed by the senior group of players and he is embarrassed of the action. The World's number one ranked batsman accepted full responsibility of the act but declined to step down from the captaincy role.

Reacting to the incident, Sutherland expressed disappointment and assured that Cricket Australia will take a proper course of action.

“From a Cricket Australia perspective we regard this as an extremely serious issue,” CA chief executive James Sutherland told a news conference in Melbourne.

“Activities on the field in Cape Town were neither in the spirit or the laws of the game. For us that’s extremely disappointing.”

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