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

Ross Houston
June 11, 2019

While Shikhar Dhawan's dazzling century, Adam Zampa's hand warmers and Bhuvneshwar Kumar getting back to form were some of them, Virat Kohli's heartfelt gesture towards Steven Smith is the one that stood out.

Some very unusual things happened to Australia yesterday: from Virat Kohli urging his supporters not to boo Steve Smith, to bails that won't budge, to a David Warner half-century so slow that it killed his team's chances of winning the game.

"Virat Kohli" I just felt for him, and I told him, 'I'm sorry on behalf of the crowd because I have seen that happen in a few earlier games as well.' In my opinion, that's not acceptable".

Yuvraj made an emotional return to the game in 2012 after a lengthy fight with a rare germ cell cancer in his lungs and played the last of his 40 Tests that same year.

Speaking on the heat Smith received for the ball tampering case, Kohli in the press conference said "I think what's happened has happened long back".

While Warner faced the lion's share of disrespect in that match, Steve Smith faced the wrath of unwelcoming crowds in their match against India.

The two Australian cricketers have been met with jeers throughout the tournament - from a chilly reception at Bristol to heated tension at Nottingham - over the 2018 ball tampering scandal known as Sandpapergate. The guy is back, trying to play well for his side. It comes despite he, Smith and the Australian side having had at times a fractured relationship on the field.

"We've had issues in the past".

'So just because there's so many Indian fans here, I just didn't want them to set a bad example, to be honest.

One of the few Australia batsmen to show signs of being able to match India´s fire-power was Glenn Maxwell, who hit five fours in his 14-ball innings of 28 before paying the price for one aggressive stroke too many.

"I'm not surprised because we do get along as individuals with him really well off the field", he said.

'All we want to do is play our cricket hard and he does that, he gets in opposition faces'.

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