Australia Tampered With Ball In Ashes Too, Claims Michael Vaughan

Written by Vipin Darwade

Amidst all the controversy on Ball tampering incident, former England captain Michael Vaughan came up with another allegation on Steve Smith-led Australian side. Vaughan said he was “pretty sure” Australia were ball-tampering during their 4-0 Ashes series victory last year.

“I’m pretty sure that it was going on during the Ashes series. But it wasn’t the reason why England lost 4-0. They still would have lost that series,” Vaughan told BBC.

“I can’t believe that this hasn’t happened before. I look at the amount of tape some of the fielders have worn, particularly during the Ashes series, mid-on, mid-off. (You) don’t have to name names but they know who they are,” the former England skipper said.

Bancroft used a strip of yellow sticky tape he had covered with dirt granules to illegally scratch the rough side of the ball, thereby facilitating more swing for bowlers.

“You’d see the ball get bounced into the rough to create reverse swing, you’d see sweets in the mouth, you’d see saliva put on the ball to try and keep that shine for longer,” said Vaughan.

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