The Australian cricket team faced a new low after opener Cameron Bancroft and skipper Steve Smith admitted to ball tampering during the third test against South Africa at Cape Town. Following the revelation, the Aussies came under heavy criticism from fans as the cricket team got labelled as a ‘disgrace’ and ‘cheats’ on social media.
Steve Smith and David Warner (vice-captain), have stood down from their positions as a result of the allegations against them. They will be playing the rest of the third test while wicket-keeper Tim Paine leads the team. Smith is likely to be charged by the ICC and his career hangs in the balance.
I wonder what time the Aussies will make an official complaint for the Abuse they are getting for being CHEATS ......!!!!!!!!!— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 24, 2018
Of course Australia cheats at cricket. We cheat at everything now. We lost our moral compass a long time ago.— Paul Kidd (@paulkidd) March 24, 2018
I'd rather lose the Ashes 4-0 than be a cheat....— Toby Tarrant (@tobytarrant) March 24, 2018
I can’t wrap my head around the decision by some of the Australian cricket team to cheat in a Test, as an Aussie, a cricket lover, & sports lawyer:— Mat Jessep (@MatJessep) March 24, 2018
We can’t win, let’s cheat = lack of integrity, ethics, & a healthy culture
Let’s use yellow tape to do it = dumb#SandpaperGate
WHAT THE ........ HAVE I JUST WOKEN UP TO. Please tell me this is a bad dream.— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) March 24, 2018
Bancroft has been charged with altering the ball’s condition after he was caught red-handed on cameras and could even face a ban. He was seen rubbing a yellow object on the ball. Speaking at a press conference, Bancroft, who is playing his eight test, said, "We had a discussion during the break. On myself, I saw an opportunity to use some yellow tape and the granules from the rough patches of the wicket to change the condition of the ball."
The Australians are tied up with South Africa at 1-1 with one more test to play after Cape Town. South Africa were 100 runs ahead with the loss of one wicket and the ball wasn’t doing much to help the visitors. Smith, along with a few senior players who were referred to by him as the ‘leadership group’ decided to tamper with the ball to give their bowlers an advantage. The coaching staff allegedly did not know of the plan.
Bancroft was close to where the plan was being hatched and he got called in to perform the task. Being a low profile player, it was assumed that he would draw too much attention on the field.