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Australian cricketers caught cheating during Test match after using tape to tamper with the ball

Russell Gould and Peter Lalor, March 26, 2018 8:13AM News Corp Australia Network

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Australian cricketers have been caught tampering with the ball during play. media_cameraAustralian cricketers have been caught tampering with the ball during play.

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The Australian cricket team has been caught cheating after messing with the ball during the third Test against South Africa at the weekend.

Australian team captain Steve Smith and teammate Cameron Bancroft admitted to deliberately* breaking the rules by tampering* with the ball on the field.

Their confessions* immediately sent Australian cricket into crisis* and last night Smith and vice-captain David Warner were made to stand down from their leadership positions.

Smith has also been fined his full match payment and suspended for one match by the International Cricket Council, which controls the sport, meaning he will not play in the fourth Test starting on Friday.

Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft (left) and Australia's captain Steve Smith speak to the media after admitting to ball tampering. Picture: AFP media_cameraAustralian cricketer Cameron Bancroft (left) and Australia’s captain Steve Smith speak to the media after admitting to ball tampering. Picture: AFP

Bancroft was caught on TV cameras during the game rubbing “yellow tape” on the ball before hiding the tape inside his trousers. The action was meant to change the outside of the ball making it harder for the batsmen to hit it.

Bancroft was fined by the International Cricket Council match officials after being charged for breaking the rules.

“I’ve been charged with attempting to change the condition of the ball. We had a discussion during the (lunch) break and I saw an opportunity to use some tape, get some granules* from the rough patches on the wickets and change the condition, it didn’t work, the umpires didn’t change the ball.

“I was sighted on the screen and that resulted in me shoving it down my trousers. Once I was sighted on the big screens I panicked quite a lot. I want to be here because I’m accountable* for my actions. I’ve got to live with the consequences* and the damage to my reputation.”

Cameron Bancroft appears to rub the ball with something. media_cameraCameron Bancroft appears to rub the ball with something.
Cameron Bancroft places the yellow tape inside his trousers. media_cameraCameron Bancroft places the yellow tape inside his trousers.

Smith admitted the whole Aussie leadership group knew about the plan.

“ I’m not proud of what happened. It’s not in the spirit of the game,” Smith said.

The game of cricket has a long and proud history in Australia and the position of captain is one of the highest honours given in Australian sport. Australia prides itself on playing cricket within the rules of the game and also the spirit of the game — which means in a fair and honest way.

Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland described it as “a sad day for Australian cricket”. Picture: AFP media_cameraCricket Australia boss James Sutherland described it as “a sad day for Australian cricket”. Picture: AFP

Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland yesterday described the event as “a sad day for Australian cricket”.

“Cricket fans want to be proud of their team and I think this morning (Sunday) they have every reason to wake up and not be proud. Cricket is to be played in the laws and the spirit of the game and activities on the field yesterday are neither within the laws or the spirit of the game,” Mr Sutherland said.

He said head of team performance Pat Howard and the head of Cricket Australia’s integrity unit (who investigates if players have acted honestly and fairly) will travel to South Africa to investigate the matter.

The Sunday Times backpage in London. media_cameraThe Sunday Times backpage in London.
The Sunday Telegraph back page in London. media_cameraThe Sunday Telegraph back page in London.

Australian cricket legend Shane Warne said the Australians were in a lot of trouble.

“Forget the ball tampering issue, the bottom line for me is the captain sat there and took a decision to go out there and cheat,” Warne said.

Mr Sutherland said decisions on future punishment and whether Bancroft, Smith or the whole leadership group will be sacked from the team will be made in coming days.

GLOSSARY

tampering: touching something to cause damage

deliberately: on purpose

confessions: telling the truth

crisis: a time of huge difficulty

granules: small pieces

accountable: able to explain it

consequences: results

responsibility: takes the blame

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

1. Caught Cheating!

Read or listen to the article carefully and complete the following activities.

— Most of Australia is in shock about this incident. But not everyone has heard the news. In your own words, explain what has happened. Make sure you include the 5 Ws and H (who, what, where, when, why and how)

— The phrase ‘in the spirit of the game’ is used in the article, what does it mean and why is it important?

— Why do you think these players felt the need to cheat?

— What effect has this action had on their reputation?

Extension: There will be lots of debate over the next few days of an appropriate punishment for the players involved. What do you think should happen? Write an exposition (persuasive piece) explaining your suggestion of how their behaviour should be addressed. Make sure you support your opinion with reasons why you believe this punishment is appropriate.

Time: Allow 60 minutes

Curriculum links: English, Health and Physical Activities, Ethical Capability

2. Who does it affect?

Write a list of emotions that each of the following groups/people might feel about this incident, why they might feel this way and how the incident affects them.

a. The players involved – Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft
b. Cricket Australia boss – James Sutherland
c. The rest of the Australian Cricket Team
d. South African Cricket Team
e. The Australian public
f. International cricket fans
g. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
h. International Cricket Council
i. The umpires
j. Individual player and Australian Cricket sponsors

For example: The Australian public may feel embarrassed and disappointed in the players because they are representing their country in a poor manner. They may lose interest and pride in the Australian Cricket team.

You could present your work in sentence form, or in a table.

Extension: Cricketers Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft have admitted to cheating in a Test match against South Africa. Write a letter of apology from them to one of the groups of people in the above activity. Include why they did it, how they feel about their actions now, how they could ‘make it up’ to the people involved and why they should or shouldn’t be allowed to continue playing.

Time: Allow 40 minutes

Curriculum links: English, Health and Physical Activities, Ethical Capability

VCOP ACTIVITY

The glossary of terms helps you to understand and learn the ambitious vocabulary being used in the article. Can you use the words outlined in the glossary to create new sentences? Challenge yourself to include other VCOP (vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation) elements in your sentence/s. Have another look through the article, can you find any other Wow Words not outlined in the glossary?

IN ONE SENTENCE, TELL US WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT TODAY’S STORY

Please do not use one-word answers as we will not publish them. Explain what you enjoyed or found interesting about the article. Use lots of adjectives.

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