The ball tampering scandal started with Cameron Bancroft being caught on camera and ended with Steve Smith and David Warner being banned for a year while Cameron got 9 months.
Cricket Australia’s investigation revealed that sandpaper was used to tamper with the ball. Now the question it raises is how does sandpaper affect a cricket ball.
Well it’s not rocket science. Sandpaper can cause damage to the ball if applied properly. If it is rubbed against the surface of the ball, there is an adverse affect on the way the ball will behave. A normal ball would not act the same way after hitting the pitch. No wonder the Aussies found it as an effective tool to counter the South African batsmen. Watch the video below to understand:
However, it did not pay off. The Proteas won inside 4 days by 322 runs and 2 of Australia’s best batsmen are now out of action for a year.
News credit : Indiatimes