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Former England skipper Alastair Cook claims David Warner used strapping on hand to tamper with ball

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 September 2019, 10:54 IST
Alastair Cook

Former England skipper Alastair Cook has unveiled that David Warner, after the Aussies won the Ashes 2017-2018, stated that he had used materials fastened to the strapping on his hand to speed up the worsening of the ball in course of a first class match, as per the British newspaper.

Alastair Cook stated that Australian opener told him about the event when he and English players shared a couple of beers after Australia won the 2017-2018 Ashes. He stated: "I looked at Steve Smith who shot a glance that said: 'Ooh, you shouldn't have said that'."

David Warner alongside Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith made their Test return in the ongoing Ashes Test after serving 12 months ban from international cricket for their engagement in the ball tampering scandal against South Africa last year.

Sharing his words in his book ‘The Autobiography’ about the event that Australian team making use of sandpaper to tamper the ball during the Cape Town Test in 2018, Alastair Cook stated Steve Smith led Australia had gone too far.

"Stuart Broad sums it up pretty well and says they got the ball to reverse swing in that Ashes. Why change what you've been doing? Why suddenly use sandpaper? People know what was going on.

"But it's been the best thing for Australian cricket because they realised it wasn't acceptable. The win-at-all-costs culture they created isn't what the Australian public needed or wanted. They'd gone too far," Cook mentioned.

Alastair Cook called it a day from international cricket last year, he featured in 161 Test for England in which he amassed 12,472 runs at an average of 46.95, which includes 33 centuries.

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First published: 11 September 2019, 10:44 IST