Australian cricket team accused of ball-tampering

Carrie Guzman
June 13, 2019

Virat Kohli played a stupendous knock and helped the side tick the flow of runs as soon as he came out to bat.

Australia opener David Warner avoided being bowled early in his side's unsuccessful run-chase at the Oval on Sunday when he deflected Jasprit Bumrah's delivery onto the wicket via his boot.

New Zealand, runners-up at the 2015 World Cup, have beaten Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the round-robin phase to put themselves in pole position for a semi-final spot.

'Even in the IPL I saw him, it's not good to see someone down like that, to be honest. "In my opinion I didn't think that was acceptable", he added.

After India completed a 36-run win over the reigning champions, Kohli told reporters he had apologised to Smith for the chants of "cheater" directed from the stands towards the former Australia captain.

First change seamer Nathan-Coulter Nile appears to be the most under pressure with only the one wicket from three outings, despite his match-winning innings against the West Indies.

A clip of the on field incident tweeted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) has been retweeted more than 21,000 times.

Asked if it was wrong the bails could effectively decide a major match, Finch said: "Yeah, I think so".

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"We probably didn't have that set batter at the back end like we would have liked".

"I'm not sure what they can do".

Steve Smith and David Warner, key protagonists in the Cape Town scandal, served one-year bans, only returning to worldwide cricket at the World Cup.

"He (Smith) is coming back, he's playing hard and just getting on with it".

Australian captain Aaron Finch has been forced to defend him, saying he was probably using the hand warmers he always has in his pocket. Hosts England, India, and Australia all have four points. It's not good to see someone down like that, to be honest.

"I haven't seen the photos, but I know that he has hand-warmers in his pocket", Finch said after his team's first defeat in its third match at the tournament.

Kedar Jadhav (5/10): He once again had a limited role to play in the game.

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