Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
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Did Australian spinner Adam Zampa indulge in ball-tampering vs India?

Did Australian spinner Adam Zampa indulge in ball-tampering vs India?

India captain Virat Kohli and Australia skipper Aaron Finch joined forces to condemn the "unfair" bail controversy that threatens to ruin the ongoing World Cup.

Kohli rated the left-hand/right-hand combination of Dhawan and Sharma as "world-class" and sad the two batsmen were hard to contain when in full flow. Like a true sportsman, Virat requested his fans to stop booing and start clapping for Smith.

"I don't think we need to change anything and I don't think we were that far off, we just need some tinkering here and here, a bit of luck going our way. But you don't want to see a guy feeling that every time he goes out to play", he said. He is just playing cricket.

Smith is back in the Australian side after a year's suspension for ball-tampering. "He was just standing there, I felt bad because if I was in a position where something has happened with me and I had apologized and accepted it, and I came back and I still would get booed, I would not like it either".

At a time when cricket enthusiasts and veterans are heaping praises on Shikhar Dhawan for his crucial ton in India's World Cup match against Australia, former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg believes it was all-rounder Hardik Pandya's inning which took the game away.

The incident comes more than a year after Cameron Bancroft received a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia for rubbing sandpaper against a ball during a Test match against South Africa. Dhawan's good run in ICC tournaments continued as his stylish hundred formed the cornerstone of a fantastic batting display that powered India to a commanding 352 for five against. They also created the highest opening stand by India against Australia when they crossed 76 runs, breaking a record set earlier by the same pair in 2015.

"Just a few little moments like that in a World Cup game can be heightened by the end of the game", he said.

Australia play Pakistan on Wednesday evening (AEST) with the game broadcast on Macquarie Sports Radio beginning from 7pm with Trent Copeland, Darren Lehmann, Geoff Lawson and Julian King.

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