England ball-tampering, James Anderson, Joe Root, AshesENGLAND say they were cleared of “beat-up” ball-tampering accusations by umpire Kumar Dharmasena and pointedly added that if they had been trying to cheat, they were going about it entirely the wrong way.The tourists found themselves at the centre of an incident legendary spinner Shane Warne said “might get people talking” on day four of the Ashes Test at the MCG, when footage emerged of swing king Jimmy Anderson appeared to pick at the quarter-seam of the Kookaburra ball.Warner — along with fellow Channel Nine commentator Michael Slater — questioned Anderson’s actions, while former paceman Mitchell Johnson queried how the England team had been able to summon the dark art of reverse swing so early in Australia’s second innings.“That’s a no-no,” said former Australian opener Slater in commentary while the Anderson footage played, before adding that the purpose was to encourage reverse swing.But England coach Trevor Bayliss said his side had been cleared of any foul play — and playfully said Anderson had gone about things the wrong way if he’d been trying to get an advantage.“I did see the footage and if he was trying to scratch it, he was scratching the wrong side for it to go reverse,” Bayliss said.“I’m quite sure that wasn’t the case.”Bayliss said he raced in to see the umpires as soon as he saw headlines alleging Anderson was being accused of ball-tampering, and his fears were quickly allayed.“I went in and just asked, because I’d seen some headlines on Channel 9 news,” Bayliss said.”They must’ve already seen it because Kumar just said to me straight away ‘don’t worry about it, absolutely nothing in it’. His words were it was a beat up. Nothing to worry about.”Captain Joe Root spoke to the umpires on multiple occasions during play, while it was noted by the commentary team that England players appeared to be deliberately throwing the ball into the wicket on its return to the keeper in a bid to scuff the ball up.Bayliss said this was a common tactic employed by all teams across the planet, and confirmed both Root and Australia’s Steve Smith had been spoken to about throwing the ball into the wicket unnecessarily.“The umpires spoke to both captains during this game about throwing the ball into the rough areas,” Bayliss said.“Every team in the world does that. Obviously the umpires don’t want it to go overboard and both teams have taken it on board.”Warne appeared to upset the England camp with his comments about Anderson, saying “I’m not sure you are allowed to use your fingernail there … If you are going to touch the ball at all, it’s not just shining it, you want to do it right in front of the umpire so they know there is nothing untoward going on.“But … this might get some people talking.https://www.foxsports.com.au/cricket
“I did see the footage and if he was trying to scratch it, he was scratching the wrong side for it to go reverse,” Bayliss saidNot a good coach!
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