No suggestions of ball tampering during Ashes - Broad

Stuart Broad can't understand why Australia decided to tamper with the ball in their test against South Africa

Stuart Broad can't understand why Australia decided to tamper with the ball in their test against South Africa

"Steve said it's the first time they've tried it".

"It's obviously a massive task coming back from that start we had in the first innings, and we were always fighting our way back in the game, but the character the guys showed today I think was a step forward, and we need to simply be better when we get to Christchurch. You look through virtually all of those test matches and they reverse swung the ball in sometimes conditions that you wouldn't expect the ball to reverse, so I don't understand why they've changed their method for this one game". "You don't have to name names, they know who they are", he said. "There's no evidence that they were doing this in the Ashes series, from what I've seen".

'But it wasn't the reason why England lost 4-0. "They still would have lost the series".

"I saw Steve in his press conference say it's the first time they tried it, which seems really surprising, why they'd change a method that was working", Broad told media covering the England tour of New Zealand.

Smith admitted the ploy had been devised by the team's "leadership group" - a body of Australia players whose identity has yet to be revealed.

Vaughan believes Aussie ball tampering has been going on for a while.

According to the Herald Sun it is team policy for the Australians to use spoons to serve nuts and pellets of chewing gum from bowls for hygiene purposes.

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Vaughan, again had something to say on the matter, and was similarly unconvinced, tweeting "Only 3 people knew". "They're going be known as a team that cheated".

As a effect to the series of events, Smith has been removed as the skipper of Rajasthan Royals while a decision is yet to be taken on whether Warner would lead the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League or not.

Bancroft has also been punished by the International Cricket Council while the Daily Telegraph has reported head coach Darren Lehmann - who Smith said was not involved in the plan - will offer his resignation.

In a front-page story, The Australian newspaper said there had been a "fierce feud" in the dressing room sparked by Warner's alleged testimony to Cricket Australia's integrity officers, with pace spearheads Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood reportedly livid at being implicated.

Smith and Warner's future in the Australian side hang in the balance with reports stating that the duo will be banned for one year by Cricket Australia.

With no real facts to support them, a host of English journalists lined up to give the Australian opener a lashing, suggesting Bancroft was a "guilty" repeat offender.

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