justin langer
Justin Langer (Getty Images)

Australia head coach Justin Langer feels that ball-tampering is an international problem that has its roots in the imbalance between bat and ball.

Langer’s comments come after a damning review claiming Cricket Australia (CA) fostered a culture that led to events eventually taking the shape of ball-tampering in the Cape Town earlier this year. Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft admitted to have been involved in altering the condition of the ball during a Test against South Africa which eventually led to them being banned from international cricket.

As a fallout of that incident, the then coach Darren Lehmann stepped down and Langer succeeded him to the role. Wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine was named as the new Test and ODI captain [now replaced by Aaron Finch].

“My honest view is, it’s an international problem,” Langer told Adam Gilchrist on Fox Cricket. “I can’t for a single second understand how we took sandpaper out on to the field, that doesn’t make any sense to me. What I do know is that the issue with people ball-tampering is something that’s going on internationally.”

Langer backed the pitched to be tailor-made for offering some sort of assistance to the bowlers, enabling them to not resort to unfair means to gain advantage. “It’s a real worry. The way I think about this is, remember when you’re a little kid and you played backyard cricket with your brother and you put the tape on one side of the ball because it had to swing, because if you don’t get ball to swing you can’t get your brother out and it’s a pretty boring game. We’ve got to get the pitches right around the world so that the ball does move, whether it spins or swings,” he said.

In the culture review, sanctioned by CA, the cricket board was called arrogant and controlling and instilling a win at all cost mentality among the players.

“The most interesting thing in my last six months I’ve heard is that, almost globally, ‘The Australian cricket team’s culture is terrible. Their behaviours are disgraceful.’ What I do know is that the players in there are the best young blokes you’ll ever see. They work hard, they’re really professional and they’re really nice young blokes. I think you’ll see that shine over the next little bit,” Langer said.