Home > News >

Ashley Giles rubbishes England ball-tampering allegations by Bob Willis

image_20130615215224

Ashley Giles was upset as the allegations of ball-tampering came ahead of England’s must-win clash against New Zealand © Getty Images

Cardiff: Jun 15, 2013     

England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles has denied his players tamper will the ball following controversial allegations by former captain Bob Willis.

Willis told Sky Sports on Friday that the ball was changed during England’s Champions Trophy defeat by Sri Lanka at The Oval on Thursday because it had been tampered with.

Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar and his New Zealand on-field colleague Billy Bowden ordered one of the balls in use to be changed while the Lankans were batting.

“Let’s not beat about the bush — Aleem Dar is on England’s case. He knows that one individual is scratching the ball for England – who I am not going to name — and that’s why the ball was changed,” Willis said. Read: Willis accuses England of ball tampering

But ex-England spinner Giles, speaking Saturday ahead of his side’s key Champions Trophy match against New Zealand in Cardiff on Sunday, said: “We don’t tamper with the ball. With the situation the other day, the ball was changed because it had gone out of shape. We asked the question, the captain (Alastair Cook) asked that question to the umpires which he has a right to.

“The ball was changed, the rest is history.”

Giles insisted England were achieving reverse-swing — which played an important part in their tournament-opening win over defending champions Australia at Edgbaston — through legal means, highlighting abrasive pitches as a factor.

“The one big thing about this tournament so far particularly at Edgbaston, where we did get reverse-swing, is how dry the squares are… and the amount of wickets that have been cut on those squares.

“And that is the one ground where the ball went around,” said Giles, who like Willis spent most of his career based at the Birmingham venue with Warwickshire.

On Thursday, Sri Lanka were 119 for two at the halfway stage of their reply to England’s seemingly imposing 293 for seven when the ball was changed.

The replacement ball moved little and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara went on to complete a match-winning unbeaten hundred.

Afterwards, Cook said, “The ball was changed because it was out of shape. The umpires make these decisions and you have to accept them. Sometimes you don’t think they are the right decisions.”

Willis, an England captain in the early 1980s, said: “Have you ever heard about the batting side or the umpire complaining about the shape of the ball?

“How naive does Alastair Cook think we are? He didn’t want the ball changed. So why was it changed?

“It is OK for the ball to scuff through natural wear and tear — but against cricket’s laws to use fingernails or other means to alter its condition,” added former fast bowler Willis, one of only four England cricketers to have taken 300 Test wickets.

Australian umpire Darrell Hair, together with West Indies’ Billy Doctrove, docked Pakistan five runs for ball-tampering during a controversial Test against England at The Oval in 2006.

Pakistan forfeited the match in protest but were subsequently exonerated by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the fall-out cost Hair his Test career.

However, officials in the England-Sri Lanka match didn’t impose a penalty and the ICC explained, that as the umpires hadn’t reported anything and no team had complained, they were not planning to take any action.

England must beat New Zealand in Cardiff on Sunday to seal a semi-final spot. If they lose they are out and either Australia or Sri Lanka will go through after their match on Monday.

If the England-New Zealand match is a washout they will need a low scoring Australia victory to go through. If both matches are washed out, England will qualify behind New Zealand.

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 29, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

More

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 124 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 25 runs

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Photos

Phil Hughes suffers head injury: In photos

Videos

AB de Villiers: Disappointed with defeat in Australia

Daniel Vettori becomes the most capped New Zealand player

Quinton de Kock equals record for most centuries before the age of 22

Wriddhiman Saha’s performance in the 1st Test at Brisbane could make or break his career

England tour of Sri Lanka 2014: Stats overview of past encounters

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: New Zealand’s inspired performance in 2nd Test serves important lesson to non-Asian countries

Australia Australia vs South Africa 2014 Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 England India India tour of Australia 2014-15 South Africa Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs England Zimbabwe Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh 2014 Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2014

Phil Hughes injury: A cruel example of game’s risks

India tour of Australia 2014-15: Allan Border, Ian Healy feel 1st Test at Brisbane should go ahead

England tour of Sri Lanka 2014: England lack killer instinct, feels Alastair Cook

Jacques Kallis to make his debut as caddy

Moeen Ali, Ravi Bopara’s efforts go in vain as Sri Lanka trump England by 25 runs in 1st ODI

Moeen Ali becomes third fastest centurion for England in ODIs

Ishant Sharma — Is his current ODI form good enough to earn him a place in ICC World Cup 2015 squad?

The birth of Day Night cricket matches

Phillip Hughes head injury: Are helmets making batsmen complacent?

Daniel Vettori becomes the most capped New Zealand player

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

682 Posts | 6 Fans

Video: Phil Hughes suffers head injury, collapses on field during New South Wales vs South Australia tie

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

Bigg Boss 8: Should Sonali Raut be disqualified for slapping Ali Quli Mirza? Vote!

Week by Week Pregnancy Guide – Week 28 of your pregnancy

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza slapped by Sonali Raut in Salman Khan’s show!

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Robbed of Choice and Control: Indian Women Dead from Mass Sterilization

विपाशा बासु: पिनकेथॉन महिलाओं को जागरूक करने का महत्वपूर्ण प्लैटफॉर्म

6 Things Sure to Happen at a South Asian Thanksgiving

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here