Root plays down speculation of Australia ball tampering during Ashes

"It is understood Australia have chewing gum and nuts in their dressing room but keep them in bowls with spoons for hygiene reasons to prevent the spread of any viruses, " the report read.

The latest footage raises the question- Are Bancroft, Smith and the Aussies serial cheaters?

Australian captain Steve Smith has been suspended for one Test and docked his entire match fee by the International Cricket Council for his role in a plot that saw teammate Cameron Bancroft tamper with the ball during the third Test against South Africa. "They still would have lost the series", the former English cricketer said.

Michael Vaughan says he is "pretty sure" Australia were tampering with the ball during the recent Ashes series against England as cricket chiefs held crisis talks over the cheating scandal engulfing the sport. As an global player, you should know the rules.

Twitter users reminded the world of Smith's "brain fade" during the second test in India in Bengaluru a year ago when opposition captain Virat Kohli stopped just short of calling his counterpart a "cheat".

Kohli accused Smith and his team of looking towards the players' area on numerous occasions but the Australia captain rubbished the home skipper's claims.

Australian cricket was thrown into turmoil on Saturday after fielder Cameron Bancroft admitted he had used sticky tape and bits of grit to try and affect the surface of the ball in Cape Town as South Africa extended their big lead. "You look through virtually all of those test matches and they reverse swung the ball, in, sometimes, conditions that you wouldn't expect the ball to reverse, so I don't understand why they've changed their method for this one game".

The series in South Africa has been dominated by scandal, with David Warner and Proteas wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock having to be separated by teammates in an ugly clash.

Lehmann was the same man who identified Broad as a target for crowds Down Under to abuse during the 2013 Ashes, which England lost 5-0.

"As captain you're responsible for how everyone else behaves", he said.

He added: "Me thinks the Hole has just got a little deeper & bigger for Cricket Australia", while ex-England star Kevin Pietersen tweeted: "Lehmann never knew", followed by a host of laughing emojis.

"Any England player, or probably media, that have toured Australia can laugh at those comments really, because some of the comments we hear on the pitch by Australian supporters".


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