Yahoo7 News Australia – London (AFP) – Andrew Flintoff has dismissed as “nonsense” the implication only the banned trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft had prior knowledge of Australia’s ball-tampering feels ball-tampering went beyond captain Smith, his deputy David Warner and team-mate Bancroft were all banned for attempting to alter the condition of the ball during the third Test in South Africa last month, a series the home side eventually won 3-1.

Summary

  • London (AFP) – Andrew Flintoff has dismissed as “nonsense” the implication only the banned trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft had prior knowledge of Australia’s ball-tampering feels ball-tampering went beyond captain Smith, his deputy David Warner and team-mate Bancroft were all banned for attempting to alter the condition of the ball during the third Test in South Africa last month, a series the home side eventually won 3-1.
  • Significantly, the trio are all batsmen and ever since the incident emerged, one question that has been left hanging in the air is how could none of the bowlers, and indeed the rest of the fielders, not know they were operating with a tampered ball?
  • It was a point raised by Flintoff on Monday, although the former England all-rounder insisted the bans given out to the Australia trio were excessively harsh.
  • The ball in cricket is so important,” added Flintoff, an aggressive pace bowler and hard-hitting batsman in his playing days.
  • To then say that other people didn’t know; if that’s the case I feel sorry for (Australia left-arm fast bowler) Mitchell Starc.


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