The admission by Australian captain Steve Smith that the leadership group of the team was the one to decide to tamper with the ball, on the 3rd day of the third Test against South Africa has shocked the world.
Now former England captain and highest run getter in Tests Alastair Cook has spoken about the incident and said to Sky Sports, “Obviously it's clear as day what has happened; it's not right in the game of cricket and ultimately that responsibility lies with the captain who takes his team on the field.”
He further said, "It's a very dangerous thing for me to comment on without inflaming the situation. Australia have come out and admitted they've cheated and ball-tampered so it's up to the ICC and Cricket Australia to deal with it. It just doesn't look good on the whole for the game of cricket."
Cook resigned as England Test captain in February 2017 after a record 59 matches as skipper.
"To captain your country is the biggest honor in sport; there are high pressure situations and everyone is desperate to win," said the 33-year-old.
Cook added, “We all hear about this 'line' that Australia talk about that they never go over so it is an interesting one but we're a long way away here [in Auckland] and we've obviously got to concentrate on our game here where ultimately we haven't played very well in the first two days.”