When it comes to sports, cheating is not too unusual. But rarely is it captured by cameras and broadcast on a large screen in vivid detail that anyone can see.
Unfortunately, the Australians' cricket team passed when Cameron rubbed Bancroft with a cricket ball, which turned out to be a piece of yellow tape covered with grit from the field. To make matters worse, Bancroft, a field player, tried unsuccessfully to hide the onerous band by sliding it on the front of his pants. The cameras have recorded all this and played in slow motion.
You do not have to know much about cricket to understand why that's possible. As with baseball, this game delivers a high-speed ball in a way that makes it difficult or impossible for a hitter to hit or hit well.
Manipulations on the ball can, as with a baseball game, trigger a major advantage to cricket bowlers. More specifically, scoring the surface on one side of the ball changes the way it moves through the air when rolled, says SB Nation. Theoretically, this may allow the bowler to achieve more "reverse momentum" or a late-breaking move ̵
The cricket press of the world, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, calls it scam. Two players from the Australian National Cricket Team have admitted they are breaking the rules.
A total of three players – team captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and Bancroft – were identified as pre-emptors of the manipulation plans, cricket James Sutherland, CEO of Cricket Australia, said in a press conference after an investigation.
Smith and Warner were suspended for a period of twelve months to play for Australia, according to a statement by Cricket Australia. Bancroft received a nine-month suspension, the statement said.
The incident has engulfed the cricket-loving country in a scandal and broken the hearts of die-hard fans. Because, as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, cricket is "synonymous with fair play." This idea is the source of the phrase "it's not cricket."
It all started during a lunch break on the third day of a test match, the five-day version of the sport. Australia lost to South Africa. Smith and other senior players devised a plan to hammer down one side of the ball surface to give the bowler (the equivalent of a thrower in baseball) greater control over the movement of the ball.
Smith noticed that the South Africans were battling with him. Conversely, players took the decision to use a sandpaper-coated tape to create a makeshift sandpaper that could produce the desired effect.
Australia was "deceived," cricket analyst Simon Hughes told the BBC. "It's almost impossible to get away in international cricket," he said. "There are 30 cameras watching you and referees inspecting the ball on a regular basis, there have always been skull duggeries in cricket, but it has always had this status as a sport where people behave well and respect each other."
Smith was named one of the best players in cricket. He is a national hero – or was it so far.
"I'm not proud of what happened," Smith said during a press conference addressing the scandal. "It's not in the spirit of the game, my integrity, the integrity of the team, the integrity of the leadership group are rightly in question."
During the same press conference, Bancroft said he was "close" to the plan
"When I was spotted on the screens and I did that, I panicked, which obviously made me believe it "He said
In fact, the look on his face, first of timidity and then guilt and then panic, was priceless.
In addition to the injury, Australia lost the unfortunate match to South Africa in 322 runs, the Guardian reported
While the manipulation of the cricket ball had occurred before, the tiny piece of yellow tape succeeded Australia to the core shatter the reputation of the once revered athletes and spoil the country's beloved sport.
I want to apologize to all Australians for the events that have taken place, especially for all the kids who love cricket and idolize the players, "said Sutherland in the press conference.
The scandal has sparked anger and disappointment and even one Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Reaction Triggered
According to cricket.com.au, Turnbull told reporters that "the whole country" holds those who carry the bagged green on a pedestal – about as high as one can get in Australia, higher than any politician who is safe. "
" It seemed inconceivable that the Australian cricket team was involved in the scam, "said Turnbull." After all, our cricketers are role models and cricket is synonymous with fair play. How can our team be so cheated? This is a mistake. "
Michael Clarke, the former captain of the Australian team, was one he from many who could not believe that the scandal happened. He tweeted that he wanted a "bad dream".
He was joining Twitter from other former cricket drivers like Shane Warne and Mitchell Johnson.
Warne wrote a long tweet calling on Smith and team coach Darren Lehmann to take action to "clean up this mess."
Johnson's reaction was much more concise. Shocked and disappointed, "he tweeted.
The fans were outraged, tweeting photos of Bancroft slipping the tape out of his pocket and calling the team's performance in South Africa" extremely scandalous. "
Some even went to the Targeting the wives and girlfriends of the players on their social media accounts, according to nine.com.au.
Others, however, decided to draw attention to the humorous nature of the incident, twittering sandpaper-related jokes, a reference to the scandal is called "Sandpapergate."
Doctorate in Bakchodi "Every Aussie player gets a baggy green cap and sandpaper when joining the national team. # SandpaperGate # SAvsAUS "
Even companies like Air New Zealand were having fun.
The airline posted an emoji-filled video on their Facebook page, Smith reported, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Video Smith is called a "naughty boy" and it is suggested that he take a trip to New Zealand, where the temperatures are cooler to escape the heat.
While the jokes have exposed the scandal, many believe the simple Acting to rub a ball with a piece of tape could have a long lasting impact on the Australian cricket legacy.
"I made it clear that we are regrettable," Smith said during the press conference. I'm embarrassed, I know the guys in the shed are also ashamed. "
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