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Root plays down reports of ball-tampering during Ashes series

Joe Root expressed disappointment at the recent ball-tampering scandal from Australia
Joe Root expressed disappointment at the recent ball-tampering scandal from Australia

England skipper Joe Root denied reports of any ball-tampering act carried by the Australian players during the recently concluded Ashes series between the two sides.

The recent broke out of ball-tampering scandal during the Cape Town Test where Australian skipper Steven Smith admitted that it was a planned out action by the 'leadership group' has increased speculation of such an act from the team when they won against England 4-0 during the 2017/18 Ashes.

Reports are emerging in Britain that few of the England players are suspicious over whether Australia changed the conditions of the ball during the Ashes series. Senior England fast bowler Stuart Broad also said he was unaware of any ball-tampering by Australia but was surprised how early they could reverse the ball in the series even in conditions it wasn't conducive.

“Not to my knowledge. I was not aware of any ball tampering,” Root told reporters in Auckland after his side crashed to an innings and 49-run loss to New Zealand in the first test.

“I have enough to worry about... but it’s disappointing for test cricket and cricket in general."

As a result, Smith is already facing the heat after he was stood down from captaincy from the remainder of the Cape Town Test and was also banned for the fourth Test against the Proteas.

“As captain you’re responsible for how everyone else behaves,” Root said. “I have to look after my own group and make sure I’m happy with how they conduct themselves.

“As an international player you should know the rules. I should not have to back that up. It’s as simple as that.”

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