Pat Cummins could be in big trouble after latest footage from Cape Town Test


South Africa and Australia seem to have acquired quite the taste for controversy during their current series.

Kagiso Rabada was banned for two games for brushing Steve Smith on the shoulder whilst celebrating a wicket before being unbanned leading Smith to question the judgement of the ICC.

Nathan Lyon was fined for dropping a ball onto the chest of AB De Villiers, whom he had just run-out, while Quinton De Cock and the ever-fiery David Warner very nearly came to blows in a stairwell during the first test in Durban, with Warner having to be physically restrained by his teammates.

With the series level at 1-1, the Test in Cape Town represented an opportunity for both sides to put the angry words and actions behind them, and take a big step towards securing the series.

However, it looks as though controversy could rear its ugly head yet again after an incident involving Pat Cummins on the first day.

The big Australian quick was caught on camera treading on the ball in what looked to be an intentional attempt to tamper with its condition.

Footage showed Cummins step down hard on the ball and slightly roll his studs down the side leading many to think he was trying to unlawfully scratch it.

Graeme Smith, who was on commentary at the time, suggested that Cummins has stepped on the ball ‘accidentally on purpose’ as Twitter erupted with fans criticising the Australian seamer.

Ball tampering has been a massive issue in Test cricket for a long time with players constantly trying to find new ways to mess with the condition of the ball.

South African captain Faf Du Plessis has twice been caught up in ball-tampering scandals after shining the ball on a pocket zip and using a mint in his mouth to make his saliva sticky thereby changing the condition of the ball.

South African fans will be desperate to see the same kind of justice handed down to Cummins as was to Du Plessis who was fined his full match fee for his mint-related shenanigans.

Naughty Pat, naughty.

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