Ashes 2017 - 18: England under scanner for ball tampering

Rosalie Gross
December 30, 2017

The claims began circulating on social media though Australian news outlets and some former players after footage appeared to show Anderson digging his fingernail into the ball.

"I went to the umpires and there was no problem from their point of view", Bayliss told BBC Test Match Special.

Australia will resume on Day five still 61 runs behind England with eight wickets in hand.

On Twitter, Mitchell Johnson stirred the pot by asking how England was able to extract reverse swing after only 10 overs and Mitchell Starc's wife, cricketer Alyssa Healy, suggested Anderson could be in trouble on a day when Australia was under more pressure on the field than at any stage so far this series.

"The English have been throwing the ball into the ground to try and scuff one side up".

However, Anderson copped a brute of a bouncer on the first ball of the fourth day, spooning an easy catch off Pat Cummins to Cameron Bancroft at short leg to end the innings.

At that point the umpires would ask the captain of the opposing side if they would like the ball to be replaced.

Kumar has said to our guys that you've got no problem cleaning the ball. "There might be a little bit of a "please explain" there for Jimmy Anderson".

But it was some suspicious activity with their treatment of the ball on Thursday morning as they zeroed in on the Australian batting line-up, with Australian champions Shane Warne, Mitchell Johnson and Michael Slater surprised by England's actions - and the early appearance of reverse swing.

"There is dirt and mud out there and it does get into some of the seams and you are allowed to clean it off".

Bayliss also answered questions about the ball being thrown it into the pitch. The people who are making the story should know better.

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Co-commentator Michael Slater added: "You can't get your nail into the ball".

The post-match row was the only real highlight on the day England's bid for an unlikely fourth Test victory was stalled by the weather, with only 44.5 overs possible.

"But certainly getting a thumbnail into the ball is against the rules, so it'll be interesting to see what happens and if anything plays out there".

"He is not scratching it".

"If he (Anderson) was trying to scratch it he was scratching the wrong side".

"From what I have seen I don't think there is a great deal in it".

"Ball tampering incident is ridiculous ..."

Bayliss dismissed the media furore as simple pommie-bashing a symptom of England doing well in Melbourne.

"If you are going to touch the ball at all, it's not just shining it, you want to do it right in front of the umpire so they know there is nothing untoward going on".

England have already lost the Ashes, but are looking to avoid a second consecutive whitewash and ninth successive Test defeat down under.

"There is not a lot you can do on a wicket such as this", said Bayliss.

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