Australia’s Pat Cummins says he didn’t step on the ball intentionally during day one of the third Test at Newlands.
Cummins was seen on television stepping on the ball, with commentator Graeme Smith joking that it was ‘accidentally on purpose’.
In a series that’s already seen its fair share of controversy, Cummins said there was absolutely nothing in the incident.
‘It was just a mistake. I looked back at the umpire and started to giggle. It was obviously a mistake,’ said the fast bowler who produced a brilliant spell in the final session that saw him pick up four wickets for 12 runs.
‘The umpire had a look straight away and there was no issue so he passed it on,’ he added.
Ball tampering dominated the headlines in the last series between the two sides with Proteas captain Faf du Plessis being fined his entire match fee after the second Test in Hobart in 2016.
There was also some focus on David Warner in the second Test at St George’s Park after he was filmed with what looked like an excessive amount of tape on his hand.
— Michael Sherman (@Golfhackno1) March 22, 2018
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