The ball-tampering scandal surrounding Australia’s cricket team has engulfed the cricketing world and cost both the captain and vice-captain their jobs. Clearly, it was a shocking fall from grace. Steve Smith has admitted that the national cricket team is cheating.
While Steve Smith openly apologized for the episode, previous New Zealand cricketer Grant Elliot has brought up issues on Australia’s association in ball-altering during the last 2015 World Cup. In a New Zealand radio show, “The Hauraki Breakfast”, Elliot talked about the issue.
The New Zealand’s team was at 150/3 at a certain point, lost fast wickets and all were bowled out for a modest 185 runs.
Elliot stated, “The first question I asked was about what happened in the World Cup final, were they doing it there?” He then mentioned, “We were in a good position at 150 for three and at that stage you don’t know.”
During the match, Michael Clarke and Smith scored 74 and 56 respectively, therefore completing the target in just 33.1 overs. Elliot further mentioned about the scandal must have affected the bowlers and said, “I’ve played games where the ball has reversed. The thing is, you look at someone like Mitchell Starc who hasn’t really bowled well lately.”
“Now, he might be looking at himself and going – ‘you were doctoring the ball and I was struggling a bit’,” Elliot explained.
He further contended that now a few bowlers would be questioned in terms of how good they were and how long they’ve been tampering the ball for.
He also said that that he has no idea of how the Australian fans will be reacting over the entire situation. During the conversation, Elliot also didn’t fail to bring out the issue of how the players were treated at the airport.