Ball-tampering is one-term that has been frightening the Australian cricketing fraternity for a year or so. Australian cricket witnessed one of its darkest chapters last year due to the sandpaper gate. Their opening batsmen Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera applying sandpaper to the red-cherry during a Test match against South Africa.
Later, skipper Steve Smith and Bancroft acknowledged the offense and faced lengthy bans along with the deputy skipper David Warner. Well, something similar took place at the Oval where Australia are locking horns with India in the World Cup. This time it was the leg-spinner Adam Zampa. Having conceded 24 runs from his three overs, Zampa was seen carrying out some suspicious activities before he bowled his fourth.
Prior to delivering the 24th over, the cameras caught Zampa putting his right hand in the pocket. At first, it looked normal as the leg-spinner just pulled out his headband. However, he put his hand in the right pocket once again and seemingly applied something on the ball before starting his over or maybe he was just soaking his sweaty hands.
Here is the video of the incident:
Whats in the pocket Zampa??? Are Australia upto old tricks again? pic.twitter.com/MPrKlK2bs9
— Peter Shipton (@Shippy1975) June 9, 2019
— Vishal (@vishchit007) June 9, 2019
Well, Australia would be hoping that Zampa doesn’t get blamed for any malpractice as they just cannot afford another controversy. At a time when the team is finally looking good, a controversy is the last thing that the team-management would want.
Talking about the game, India has scored a huge total for Australia to chase as they have scored 352/5 in their quota of 50 overs. Earlier in the game, Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma started cautiously before shifting gears. The two added 127 runs for the first wicket before Nathan Coulter-Nile dismissing Rohit to give Australia the much-needed breakthrough.