Broad questions thought process behind Australia's ball-tampering

No suggestions of ball-tampering during Ashes Stuart Broad

No suggestions of ball-tampering during Ashes Stuart Broad

Meanwhile, England paceman Stuart Broad says he doesn't believe the Australian cricket team tampered with the ball during the sides' recent Ashes series - and can't understand why they'd resort to cheating at all.

Captain Steve Smith later said Bancroft had been acting on instructions from the "leadership group". I was not aware of any ball tampering.

Australia's long held belief that they play their cricket "hard but fair" would appear to have little truck outside their own country if the splenetic reaction to the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal is anything to go by.

Additionally, Australia opener Cameron Bancroft has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee and handed three demerit points for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day's play on Saturday. As an global player, you should know the rules. "There's no evidence that they were doing this in the Ashes series, from what I've seen".

Joe Root, who captained in Australia, has said he saw no reason to suspect Australia of ball-tampering during the series.

"Is that right? Many will say not, but that's what has happened in the game of cricket for many, many years and will continue to happen, because it's very hard to control".

"It doesn't really matter what they achieve in their careers", he said.

Bancroft used a strip of yellow sticky tape he had covered with dirt granules to illegally scratch the rough side of the ball.

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Bancroft has been charged with attempting to change the condition of the ball and his captain Steve Smith has admitted that the tampering, meant to encourage reverse swing, had been planned by senior Australian players.

However, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland insisted Lehmann was not aware of the plot.

Darren Lehmann has been labelled a hypocrite.

But having seen Australia bowl effectively in their dominant Ashes win earlier this year, Broad can not understand the decision to take a risk that resulted in Smith losing the captaincy for the rest of the series.

"Having toured South Africa, I know it's worse than South Africa".

The footage in question.

"Lehman came out and said the South African crowd have over-stepped the line and I listened to Nasser very briefly where he mentioned anyone who has toured Australia will laugh at those comments and you do", Broad added.

The Sydney Morning Herald took a similar tack, claiming the other players had turned on Warner in the belief that he had attempted to "throw them under the bus".

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