Aussies caught and admit cheating in cricket

This is seriously embarrassing for Australian cricket.

ODT (Reuters): ‘We cheated’ Smith sorry but won’t resign

Australia captain Steve Smith says he is embarrassed and takes responsibility for the actions of his side after they were charged with attempting to change the condition of the ball in the third test against South Africa on Saturday, but he will not be stepping down as skipper.

Smith detailed an orchestrated effort from the team’s “leadership group” to use sticky tape to pick up hard granules from the pitch and rub these against the ball to try to alter its condition and get it to swing.

Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, 25, the most junior member in the side, was the player tasked with implementing the plan and he has been charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC), which could lead to a one-match ban and a 100 percent fine of his match fee.

“It is not what we want to see in the game, it’s not what the Australian cricket team is about. Being the leader of the team I am incredibly sorry for trying to bring the game into disrepute like we did today.”

But it clearly was what the Australian cricket team was about.

Smith said it was the first and last time the team had hatched such a plan and while he would not name the other conspirators, he said head coach Darren Lehmann was not involved.

The team leaders would execute a plan to cheat without the coach being involved? If true, that’s remarkable.

“The leadership group knew about it, we spoke about it at lunch,” Smith said. “I’m not proud of what has happened. It’s not in the spirit of the game, my integrity and the integrity of the team has been damaged and rightfully so. It’s not on and it won’t happen again, I can promise you.

“The coaches weren’t involved, it was purely the players and the leadership group who came up with this. A poor choice, our actions are deeply regrettable.”

This is seriously damaging to Smith and to Australian cricket.

Cricinfo: Desperation drove Australia to cheat – Smith

A match and series slipping away and a ball that could not get past the bats of South Africa’s batsmen drove Australia’s captain Steven Smith to an orchestrated attempt to cheat by tampering with the ball, a task carried out by the team’s youngest member Cameron Bancroft with the use of adhesive tape to try to pick up some rough earth from the Newlands pitch.

“We saw this game as such an important game, not that other games aren’t important as well, but an opportunity. We’ve seen the ball reversing quite a lot throughout this series and our ball just didn’t look like it was going to go. That’s a mistake on our behalf again. It’s such poor actions and deeply regrettable and certainly won’t happen again under my leadership I can promise you.”

Their tour of South Africa has already been controversial over abuse between players.

South Africa 311 and 238 for 5 (Markram 84, De Villiers 51*) lead Australia 255 (Bancroft 77, Morkel 4-87, Rabada 4-91) by 294 runs

This series was already a bubbling cauldron of toil and trouble. Not surprisingly, the addition of Cameron Bancroft’s underpants to an already putrid mix could have results as unpredictable as eye of newt and toe of frog. Certainly it resulted in a stink on the third day in Cape Town, where half-centuries from Aiden Markram and AB de Villierspushed South Africa’s lead towards 300 and rendered Australia’s task for the remainder of this Test very difficult indeed.

The test series is drawn 1-all, with Australia under pressure in this third test, and they have no put themselves under considerably more pressure.

38 Comments

  1. NOEL

     /  March 25, 2018

    Once played and followed cricket. Then sledging was allowed and like ball tampering to me it was cheating.

  2. duperez

     /  March 25, 2018

    I heard an interview with Smith. I heard him admitting to an “orchestrated effort” to cheat.
    I heard him say they didn’t want to see such In the game, it wasn’t what they were about and they had TRIED to bring the game into disrepute.”

    They so much didn’t want to see it in the game they brought it into the game? They TRIED specifically to bring the game into disrepute?

    Smith will probably be given a knighthood for services to cricket. How does his effort match up with ground officials who sold pitch information to bookies and were banned for life?

    • Kimbo

       /  March 25, 2018

      To correct you, it was two Australian players, Mark Waugh and Shane Warne who sold pitch info to bookies. Initially it was kept quiet by the administrators and they were slapped on the wrist with a limp noodle of a small fine. However, it later came out, and while there was no further punishment, their reputation suffered with the Aussie cricket public. And to be fair, they did not throw games or their wickets, such as Muhammad Azharuddin, Saleem Malik, Hansie Cronje and Lou Vincent.

      Bancroft should and will get the mandatory ICC fine and or suspension for ball tampering (might be one or two games I think), and Smith and the so-called “leadership group” more. But it is up to Cricket Australia, and maybe their sponsors to decide if Smith goes as skipper. Is tricky as it involves five senior players, and next in line is their toxic vice captain, David Warner who has done more than anyone else to turn this series into what it has become. Which is standard for nearly every series Aussie plays. Plus they sook when it comes back at them. So judging by the soft standard of administration, and the rotten culture it fosters

      …Cricket Australia will do something cosmetic, not substantial.

    • Kimbo

       /  March 25, 2018

      …and I see you may have been referring to this more recent incident, where a curator in India was doctoring a pitch:

      https://www.cricket.com.au/news/pune-pitch-curator-sacked-sting-tampering-bcci-pandurang-salgaoncar-india-new-zealand-odi/2017-10-25

      Has been going on since forever. When Jim Laker took his 19 wickets on an Old Trafford dust bowl in 1956, the groundstaff had been ordered to kill off all the grass a few days before by the MCC chairman, Gubby Allen. And I think they later did give him a knighthood. Is obligato4y for the MCC chairman! 😀 Is poor sportsmanship, although sometimes weather conditions make certain unsporting pitches unavoidable (India was caught out here on green pitches 2002-03 early in our wet summer)

      …but it is not cheating like ball tampering. But if bookies are involved and are calling the shots on pitch preparation, or selections of the like, then it is corruption.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 25, 2018

      Aussies caught and bold. Oh dear. How sad. Looks like they might be hung out to dry after all.

  3. artcroft

     /  March 25, 2018

    Quite remarkable. They made a group decision to cheat and no one seemed to need any convincing about it. When caught they admit it run out a formulaic apology and refuse to resign. Next step: demand everyone moves on.

    Doubt it. Sackings and lengthy bans are required to fix up the integrity of the sport.

    • Corky

       /  March 25, 2018

      Aussies have no morals, Arty. A dna relic from their colonial convict past. What these hosers need is a good pistol whippin while tied to a hitchen post outback of Alice Springs.
      Then a life long ban if any are still able to move their arms and legs after that whippen.

    • PartisanZ

       /  March 25, 2018

      @artcroft – “Quite remarkable. They made a group decision to cheat and no one seemed to need any convincing about it. When caught they admit it run out a formulaic apology and refuse to resign. Next step: demand everyone moves on.”

      That’s an extraordinarily concise summation of a lot of things Arty … like New Zealand’s colonial history … Why can’t we just move on?

      What do you mean by “integrity”? Old fashioned ‘fair play’ isn’t part of professional sport. As in other aspects of life ‘decency and fairness’ die with the introduction of moneyed ‘wealth and power’.

      Pro-Sport operates on ‘corporate ethics’ now, much like AirNZ. What’s to fix up?

      Might as well ask top pro-sportspeople to stop taking performance enhancing drugs; or top business people to stop innovating and capitalizing on ‘opportunities’ …

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 25, 2018

        Cheating is hardly the same as seeing an opportunity as Michael Hill and Stephen Tindall did and taking it, or being an innovator as they and others have been. Cheating is illegal,Innovation isn’t,

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 25, 2018

          Two people who envy those who see opportunities and take them….how sad.

        • PartisanZ

           /  March 25, 2018

          No Miss Kitty, there are considerable similarities between Stephen Tindall’s ‘opportunities’ and fiddling with the ball in cricket.

          Same with the Robber Baron Merchant Bankers like Fay, Richwhite and Co … and many others involved in ‘privatization’ and ‘globalization’ … They got the inside word and were able to influence &/or exploit the playing field being tilted in their favour … under the guise of the playing field being ‘leveled’ …

          It was a fabulous con job … The greatest indoctrination program of modern times … arguably surpassing anything the communists ever came up with …

          It didn’t need to use violence to evince fear … It used persuasion and tapped into greed instead …

          • Blazer

             /  March 25, 2018

            this …+100

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  March 25, 2018

            I’ve seen no evidence Tindall got an inside word.

            • PartisanZ

               /  March 25, 2018

              He may not have done directly Alan …

              But in a sense ‘deregulation’ (which was nothing but re-regulation) was not unlike a sport like Rugby, Cricket or Soccer ‘turning professional’ … changing from a system of ‘expense payments’ or ‘broken time’ that essentially preserved the integrity of the game to ‘open slather’ financialization … which places a value – virtually a dollar value – on the likes of getting a rival ‘sent off’ or disabling an opposition player …

              Tana Umaga and Keven Mealamu ‘take out’ Brian O’Driscoll in the very first test of that tour …

              https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-union/lionstour/lions-all-backs-brian-odriscoll-spear-tackle-tana-umaga-keven-mealamu-referee-a7804591.html

              It’s only about what you can get away with now … and that’s a perfect description of The Warehouse, The Warehouse … Where Everyone gets a Bargain …

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 25, 2018

              Tindall created efficient systems for buying, distributing and selling. He employed and managed a lot of people well to accomplish that. There is frankly no comparison whatever with the incidents you are citing.

            • PartisanZ

               /  March 25, 2018

              ‘Buying’ cheap and often inferior products from sweatshop economies …

              Distributing via underpaid staff usually ‘captured’ from scuttled and sunk competitors on ravaged main streets …

              Selling to a population undergoing systematic organized impoverishment …

              Fuck yeah … That’s one helluva Bargain for Everyone!

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 25, 2018

              Rubbish, PZ. He gave a lot of people good jobs and a lot of people things they couldn’t otherwise have had. I worked inside his company for a while and his staff were well treated and happy.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 26, 2018

            Sour grapes.

  4. PartisanZ

     /  March 25, 2018

    Money …. Money changes every thing …

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 25, 2018

      No. It acts as a magnifying glass, I heard Oprah Winfrey say this, and have seen it happen.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 25, 2018

        It’s true. A generous person becomes more so, a skite ditto, a mean person ditto, A generous person becomes a philanthropist, a skite has to have designer everything from shoes to taps, a mean person is still mean and won’t give away any more than they ever did.

        • PartisanZ

           /  March 25, 2018

          What we nowadays call [individual and family trust] “philanthropy” is a perfect example of the dictum Miss Kitty … Money changes everything … It’s a product of that dictum …

          Nowadays some the mega-rich make so much money – which can only be made in the form of unpaid wages, avoided/minimized tax/responsibility and/or misappropriated public funds – they can afford to be ALL of the things you mention AT ONCE … and barely scratch the surface of their wealth …

          Their philanthropy is often a tax-deductible, self aggrandizing, self-justifying advertising and public relations campaign …

          “The Tindall Foundation: Contributing to a Stronger New Zealand” … A New Zealand Tindall made weaker in the first place …

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 26, 2018

            That is so silly that I can’t be bothered making a proper response,

  5. Howard Jones

     /  March 25, 2018

    Unbelievable comments from Smith, they should forfeit the series, he should be banned for life and all series, ashes etc, be cancelled for 5 years. I realize this is a Hugh loss of income for the tccb but they are wealthy enough to stand this and the integrity of the sport is paramount

  6. Trevors_elbow

     /  March 25, 2018

    Aussies need reverse swing to get back into a game…. and miraculously the get it.

    This reversing happening out of nowhere for Aussie has happened before and often.

    They have been caught this time…..

    I note Smith has said the ball hasnt reversed for Aussie in this series and hinted the ball they faced looked different and moved…. so implying the Saffas have been at it as well….(ABC news item I have just watched)

    Aussies play cricket hard and this is part of it, nothing unusual….the baggy Green boys are cheats of long standing and that coupled with their outstanding players makes them the best in the sport

    • David

       /  March 25, 2018

      If they are such outstanding players, why do they need to cheat so much?

      • Trevors_elbow

         /  March 25, 2018

        Because they cant accept second place against other countries with outstanding players.

        It’s worth millions to the top Aussies in contracts, sponsorships, advertising etc …. but only if they are no. 1….

        Pretty simple really… all is faif in love and war… and sport is war without death

        • Blazer

           /  March 25, 2018

          its just not..cricket…my dear old…thing’.

          • Trevors_elbow

             /  March 25, 2018

            Has never been that for players… maybe for gentlemen back in the deep dark past… WG Grace was not averse to a little cheating…

        • PartisanZ

           /  March 25, 2018

          @Trevors_elbow – “It’s worth millions to the top Aussies in contracts, sponsorships, advertising etc …. but only if they are no. 1 ….

          Great argument Trevor. I agree. Yes indeed … Money changes everything …

          Essentially, money JUSTIFIES cheating …

  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 25, 2018

    No worse than the synchronised screaming in women’s tennis to upset their opponent that continues unpunished. Or preparing conditions that favour the home side in very many sports.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 25, 2018

      I don’t watch any sport, so hadn’t observed that, How pathetic,Synchronised screaming ? How unsporting.

    • NOEL

       /  March 25, 2018

      But they claimed when it happened it was simply the tennis players way of expelling breath when hitting the ball.
      Same as sledging in cricket, pulling a foul when it wasn’t in football and lifting in the lineout in rubgy.
      The easy option was to let it happen.
      Sportsman ship aint got anything to do with it.

  8. lurcher1948

     /  March 25, 2018

    Australians,what a sad bunch of sledging,underarm bowling,ball tampering cheats, with half a brain between them.I hope the world tells them to go away for a few years and come back when you understand morals and standards and the RULES of the game,,and lets not go on how they treat us NEW ZEALANDERS over there in the land of CHEATS

  9. Australian Sports Commission Chair John Wylie, the ASC Board and CEO Kate Palmer make the following statement in relation to events overnight concerning the Australian cricket team.

    The ASC condemns cheating of any form in sport. The ASC expects and requires that Australian teams and athletes demonstrate unimpeachable integrity in representing our country.

    The Australian cricket team are iconic representatives of our country. The example they set matters a great deal to Australia and to the thousands of young Australians playing or enjoying the sport of cricket and who look up to the national team as role models.

    Given the admission by Australian captain Steve Smith, the ASC calls for him to be stood down immediately by Cricket Australia, along with any other members of the team leadership group or coaching staff who had prior awareness of, or involvement in, the plan to tamper with the ball.

    This can occur while Cricket Australia completes a full investigation.