ICC clears third Ashes Test of fixing allegations

Australian players celebrate after winning the third Ashes Test in Perth
Australian players celebrate after winning the third Ashes Test in Perth

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has cleared the third Ashes Test between England and Australia of match-fixing allegations following investigations.

Earlier, The Sun reported that the game which saw Australia register an innings victory had players, who will inform the bookies about the event in the following delivery with gestures such has changing the glove or the helmet or wearing long sleeves which were used to place bets.

The newspaper went on to report that events for betting will also include the decision on winning the toss, runs scored in a session or innings, or the wickets taken during a session.

Reacting to the allegations, ICC’s anti-corruption unit Alex Marshall confirmed that an investigation was launched into the reports made by The Sun and no evidence were found to support the claims.

“We have carried out an extensive global investigation with anti-corruption colleagues from Member countries based on the allegations in The Sun and the material they shared with us,” he said.

“I am satisfied that there is no evidence to suggest any match has been corrupted by the individuals in the investigation nor is there any indication that any international players, administrators or coaches have been in contact with the alleged fixers.”

Australia went on to win the five-match Ashes series 4-0 with the fourth Test in Melbourne ending in a draw.

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