Steven Smith and Joe Root    Getty Images
Steven Smith and Joe Root Getty Images

Australian team made news when Cameron Bancroft was caught tampering the ball on camera on Day Three of the third Test against South Africa. At the press conference, Steven Smith 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.

This incident raised questions about ball tampering in the Ashes 2017-18 series which Australia played last. Australia had trashed England by 4-0. England are currently in New Zealand playing Test series. They lost the first Test by 49 runs and an innings. In the post match conference Joe Root knocked down questions about ball being doctored during the Ashes series.

“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.”

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.

“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.

“As an international player you should know the rules. I should not have to back that up. It’s as simple as that.”