[caption id="attachment_695868" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Steven-Smith-and-Joe-Root.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-695868" alt="Steven Smith and Joe Root Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Steven-Smith-and-Joe-Root.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Steven Smith and Joe Root Getty Images[/caption] <p></p><p style="text-align: left;">Australian team made news when <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/cameron-bancroft/">Cameron Bancroft</a> was caught tampering the ball on camera on Day Three of the third Test against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/south-africa/">South Africa</a>. At the press conference, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/steven-smith/">Steven Smith</a> confessed that it was a deliberate plan and the team s leadership group were aware of it. The events snowballed into a controversy with cricket fraternity questioning Australia s integrity.</p> <p></p><p style="text-align: left;">This incident raised questions about ball tampering in the Ashes 2017-18 series which Australia played last. Australia had trashed <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/">England </a> by 4-0. England are currently in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand/">New Zealand </a> playing Test series. They lost the first Test by 49 runs and an innings. In the post match conference <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/joe-root/">Joe Root</a> knocked down questions about ball being doctored during the Ashes series.</p> <p></p><p style="text-align: left;">"Not to my knowledge. I was not aware of any ball tampering," Root said. "I have enough to worry about... but it's disappointing for test cricket and cricket in general."</p> <p></p><p style="text-align: left;">He later added saying it is the captain who has to look after his group and even added he would not have backed such behaviour.</p> <p></p>"As captain you're responsible for how everyone else behaves," he said. "I have to look after my own group and make sure I'm happy with how they conduct themselves. <p></p> <p></p>"As an international player you should know the rules. I should not have to back that up. It's as simple as that."