Fast bowlers were the winners as Australia’s post ball-tampering era began Wednesday with a heavily revamped list of nationally contracted players, minus the suspended Steve Smith and David Warner.
Australia top cricket chiefs Friday ruled out stepping down after a ball-tampering scandal that shocked the nation, saying it was “not the time for a witch-hunt” as a review into player conduct was announced.
Bans handed to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft should be reduced, the Australian cricketers’ union said Tuesday, arguing the punishment was disproportionate to previous ball-tampering cases.
A heavily-strapped Morne Morkel made two breakthroughs as South Africa pushed for victory on the fourth day of the fourth Test against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday.
Faf du Plessis made his first major contribution of the series as South Africa moved further ahead of Australia on the fourth day of the fourth and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday.
England on Monday sensed a chance to end their woeful winless run in overseas Tests even though New Zealand will start the final day of the second Test with all 10 wickets still intact.
South Africa moved into a powerful position despite a fightback by Australia and an injury to fast bowler Morne Morkel on the third day of the fourth Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.
James Vince and Mark Stoneman stretched England’s lead to 142 with nine wickets in hand at tea on day three of the second Test in Christchurch on Sunday.
Disgraced Australia former vice-captain David Warner’s wife Candice said Sunday she blamed herself for his part in the ball-tampering scandal, adding that the taunts they faced in South Africa took a huge toll.
Australia’s ball-tampering scandal came back to bite them when three replacement batsmen failed on a disastrous day for the tourists in the fourth Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday.