Ashes 2017-18: Trevor Bayliss rubbishes claims of ball tampering

Day 4 was abandoned due to rain.

Bayliss has denied reports of  ball tampering. (Getty)

After England pacer was accused of ball tampering earlier in the day, now the England coach Trevor Bayliss has come out denying reports of such claims.  Umpires Sundaram Ravi and Kumar Dharmasena spoke to Joe Root, the England captain, after a throw from Stuart Broad bounced short of wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.

In his answer to this rumor, Bayliss told reporters "It's a beat-up,”. "The umpires spoke to both captains in this Test match about throwing the ball into the rough areas. Every team in the world does that, obviously, the umpires don't want it to go overboard.

"Kumar (Dharmasena) said 'don't worry about it, there is absolutely nothing in it'," he added. "He said it (the accusations) was a beat-up."

Television cameras captured James Anderson, England's spearhead, running his thumb over the quarter-seam of the ball. "I'm not sure you are allowed to use your fingernail there," Shane Warne, the Channel Nine commentator, said on the telecast. "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."

"If he was trying to scratch it, he was doing it on the wrong side to go reverse," he said."I'm quite sure that wasn't the case. You're allowed to clean it. They (the umpires) would like it be cleaned in front of them so nothing untoward is going on. There is some dirt and mud going into the seam” concluded Bayliss.

Rain played a spoilsport in the fourth day of the Test match just after the ball-tampering drama unfolded.


By Anshuman Roy - 29 Dec, 2017

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