Bayliss plays down ball tampering claims

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Trevor Bayliss: “You’re able to clean the ball and that’s what we were doing”

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England head coach Trevor Bayliss has dismissed speculation that his side were ball tampering on the penultimate day of the fourth Ashes Test against Australia in Melbourne.

Bayliss’ comments come after England seamer James Anderson was shown to be pressing his thumb into the ball. England subsequently got the ball to reverse swing and it led to people questioning whether they had changed the condition of the ball.

However, not only did Bayliss deny this, he also confirmed that the match referee won’t be taking any action against the England team.

“Well, it’s a beat-up,” he said. “As soon as I saw the headlines, I raced into the umpires and those were their words actually, ‘nothing to worry about, it’s a beat-up, you’re absolutely fine’. That’s as much as I know.

“There was absolutely nothing to worry about. You’re able to clean the ball and that’s what we were doing.

“He was cleaning the ball and if he was trying to rough it up, he was trying to rough the wrong side up, that was the shiny side his thumb was on. The umpires have got absolutely no problem with it at all.”

Weighing in on the situation, Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh said that he didn’t see Anderson do anything that would suggest he had tampered with the ball.

“There were no comments made in the changing rooms,” he said. “I haven’t seen anything inappropriate.”

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