Cricket

Australia's ball-tampering antics 'incredibly stupid', says former South Africa captain Ali Bacher

  • AFP
  • March 27th, 2018
  • 19:57:53 IST

Ali Bacher, the last South Africa skipper to win a series against Australia in the republic, says disgraced captain Steve Smith and his ball-tampering team are "incredibly stupid".

Bacher led South Africa to a 4-0 whitewash over Bobby Simpson-skippered Australia in the 1969-1970 season.

File picture of Steve Smith. Reuters

File picture of Steve Smith. Reuters

"In this age of a thousand cameras, it was stupid to even think of doing it (ball tampering), and incredibly stupid to go through with it," he told the South African media.

TV cameras caught Cameron Bancroft trying to change the condition of the ball last Saturday in Cape Town using a piece of grit-encrusted sticky tape during a Test won by South Africa.

Smith later admitted he hatched the plot to cheat with the unnamed "team leadership" and is now facing disciplinary action, possibly later Tuesday.

Reports say Smith and vice-captain David Warner could be banned for 12 months and sent home in disgrace.

"You have to put the blame on the captain and I believe Cricket Australia will think long and hard about taking it further than the one-Test ban Smith has already got," said Bacher.

"I feel sorry for Cameron Bancroft because he would have been acting under instructions. If the leader of the team says you must do that, what option do you really have?

"One thing that they (Cricket Australia) have always done is act immediately on things like this.

"You look back at Shane Warne, who had a brilliant cricket brain, but never got the captaincy because of his misdemeanours.

"I would be surprised if Cricket Australia did not take this further," he said ahead of a planned media conference in Johannesburg hosted by Australian cricket boss James Sutherland.

South Africa lead the series 2-1 going into the final Test from Friday at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg.

Updated Date: March 27, 2018 19:57:53 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

India vs South Africa, Highlights, 3rd Test, Day 3, Full Cricket Score: Proteas 101/2 at stumps, need 111 to win
First Cricket News

India vs South Africa, Highlights, 3rd Test, Day 3, Full Cricket Score: Proteas 101/2 at stumps, need 111 to win

India vs South Africa, Live Cricket Score, 3rd Test at Cape Town, Day 3, Latest Scorecard and Updates: OUT! Jasprit Bumrah with the breakthrough, as Dean Elgar departs for 30 at the stroke of stumps on Day 3. The Proteas end the day on 101/2, needing another 111 to win with two days left in the series decider.

India vs South Africa: Bumrah lights up Day 2 with five-for as visitors surge ahead in Newlands Test
First Cricket News

India vs South Africa: Bumrah lights up Day 2 with five-for as visitors surge ahead in Newlands Test

Bumrah (5/42) was at the heart of India's swift and brutal counter-attack as he got his seventh five-wicket haul, helping restrict the Proteas to 210

India vs South Africa, Highlights, 3rd Test, Day 2, Full Cricket Score: Kohli, Pujara guide visitors to 57/2 at stumps
First Cricket News

India vs South Africa, Highlights, 3rd Test, Day 2, Full Cricket Score: Kohli, Pujara guide visitors to 57/2 at stumps

India vs South Africa, Live Cricket Score, 3rd Test at Cape Town, Day 2, Latest Scorecard and Updates: STUMPS ON DAY 2. Virat Kohli sees off the final over of the day from Lungi Ngidi, as the visitors end the second day on 57/2, their lead stretching to 70.