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How the cameras caught Australian ball tampering against South Africa

Monday - 26/03/2018 08:57
HOW cameramen knew Cameron Bancroft was up to something and why cameras followed his every move has been revealed.
How the Aussies got caught ball tampering.Source:FOX SPORTS
How the Aussies got caught ball tampering.Source:FOX SPORTS

A SOUTH African commentator claims local cameramen were following ball-tamperer Cameron Bancroft’s every move during the third test in Cape Town after noting something was peculiar.

Bancroft, alongside with captain Steve Smith, admitted to ball-tampering on day three of the test after television cameras captured the Australian opener rubbing the match ball with yellow tape to make it sticky and pick up dirt, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Overnight Smith was banned for one test match by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and fined 100 per cent of his match.

Bancroft was fined 75 per cent of his match fee.

Cameron Bancroft is filmed taking a yellow object out his pocket, later revealed to be tape, and rubbing it on the ball.
Cameron Bancroft is filmed taking a yellow object out his pocket, later revealed to be tape, and rubbing it on the ball.Source:FOX SPORTS

 

 
Peter Handscomb has a message delivered to him before entering the field of play to chat with Cameron Bancroft.
Peter Handscomb has a message delivered to him before entering the field of play to chat with Cameron Bancroft.Source:FOX SPORTS

 

 
Australian coach Darren Lehmann is seen contacting Peter Handscomb via walkie-talkie.
Australian coach Darren Lehmann is seen contacting Peter Handscomb via walkie-talkie.Source:News Corp Australia

 

Cricket Australia are to investigate the scandal, which could see Smith, vice-captain David Warner and Bancroft face further sanctions.

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South African commentator Neil Manthorp told the Devlin Radio Show that the local camera crew at the ground had a hunch Bancroft was up to no good.

“Credit to them. They knew what was going on,” Manthorp said.

“They could see that something peculiar was going on. They took it upon themselves. It wasn’t a director who said ‘Right. Get onto that’. For them it was a personal triumph.

“You wouldn’t have picked it up from the stands. You wouldn’t have picked it up from normal television coverage. We had guys who were trying to do their job, filming the entirety of the event ... it took some pretty skilled cameraman to pick it up in the first place.”

Handscomb then rushes out to tell Bancroft he has been caught cheating, who then takes the tape out of his pocket and puts it down the front of his pants.
Handscomb then rushes out to tell Bancroft he has been caught cheating, who then takes the tape out of his pocket and puts it down the front of his pants.Source:FOX SPORTS

 

 
Umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth confront Bancroft who pulls out a glasses bag from his pocket to show them.
Umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth confront Bancroft who pulls out a glasses bag from his pocket to show them.Source:Getty Images

Although the two on-field umpires, Richard Illingworth and Nigel Llong of England, questioned Bancroft at the time, he produced what appeared to be a black sunglasses bag from his right pocket in way of explanation, and clearly in a bid to deceive the officials.

“Once I was sighted on the big screens I panicked quite a lot and that resulted in me shoving it down my trousers,” said Bancroft.

No action was taken at the time — the umpires could have changed the ball or docked Australia runs — but match officials, including referee Andy Pycroft of Zimbabwe, were able to review TV footage of the incident.

Bancroft revealed: “We had a discussion during the (lunch) break and I saw an opportunity to use some tape, get some granules from the rough patches on the wickets and change the condition — it didn’t work, the umpires didn’t change the ball.”

This article was originally published by the NZ Herald and appears here with permission.

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