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England head coach Trevor Bayliss has admitted that he is “embarrassed” by the ball tampering incident that has shocked the cricketing world.
The whole incident came to light when Australia opener Cameron Bancroft was seen taking a mysterious yellow paper-like item out of his pocket and putting it down his trousers on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
At the end of the day, Bancroft and captain Steve Smith admitted that they had in fact attempted to alter the condition of the ball.
Smith was subsequently banned for one Test and fined 100 percent of his match fee, while Bancroft was docked 75 percent of his match fee and handed three demerit points.
“I’m obviously disappointed – and as an Australian I’m embarrassed,” Bayliss was quoted as saying by the Yorkshire Post. “Steve is a lovely young bloke who has made a terrible mistake, and I’m sure Cricket Australia (CA) will work out the course of action required.
“They obviously will be punished, but I’ve no idea how severe… we’ll have to see what Cricket Australia come up with.”
England captain Joe Root played down speculation that Australia had tampered with the ball during the Ashes after a video went viral of Bancroft allegedly putting sugar in his pocket.
Here’s Cameron Bancroft appearing to put sugar in his pocket against England in January… pic.twitter.com/ju6W47PECc
— David Coverdale (@dpcoverdale) March 24, 2018
When asked about his thoughts on the matter, Bayliss said: “No. I thought we were outplayed by a much better team. I’ve got no complaints.”