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In an interesting take on the ball tampering incident, Australia batsman Chris Lynn believes that “every cricketer’s probably done it throughout their career”.
Lynn is one of the few people who refused to condemn Australia captain Steve Smith and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft after they admitted that they attempted to change the condition of the ball on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
As a result of their actions, the International Cricket Council (ICC) banned Smith for one Test and fined him 100 percent of his match fee, while Bancroft was docked 75 percent of his match fee and handed three demerit points.
Cricket Australia have also launched an investigation and have promised that further action will be taken against those involved in the incident.
“I reckon every cricketer’s probably done it throughout their career in grade cricket or whatever level,” Lynn was quoted as saying by Wide World of Sports. “But obviously not to that extent.
“I think Faf du Plessis said when he got done he was more ball-shining than tampering. There’s a fine line between all that stuff.”
Lynn admitted that he was disappointed upon hearing that Smith and Bancroft had planned to tamper with the ball. However, he is confident that the duo have learnt their lesson and will not engage in any similar kind of activities in the future.
“I know he definitely won’t do it again,” he said. “He’s conceded (to it) but obviously it’s not the Australian way.
“As a cricketer, it’s not great waking up to that news… (but) he hasn’t murdered anyone. The ICC have sanctioned the boys already and Cricket Australia (will) have their say.”