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Footage has emerged possibly showing Australia cheating during the Ashes

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Not long after being included in a ball-tampering incident, Australia are now accused of also cheating during the Ashes series against England this winter.

Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft was spotted fiddling with the ball on day three at Newlands, Cape Town, and eventually captain Steve Smith had no choice but to admit cheating.

And, it's Bancroft again who could have been caught red handed.

A video shows him pouring sugar into his pocket during the fifth Test in Sydney against England in January.

The opening batsman, 25, was making himself a cup of tea, and, incidentally or not, he moved some sugar into his trousers.

This act was immediately seen as a potential foul-play, aiming to scratch the ball with the rough and sharp sugar crystals.

The reaction on Twitter was imminent, with many condemning the batsman and the guilty look on his face while doing the fraud.

BBC journalist Dan Walker described Cameron Bancroft as looking "sheepish" while moving the sugar into his pocket.

"Couldn't look more sheepish," Walker tweeted.

Social media users even asked for the Ashes to return to England.

"Quash the Ashes result and bring the urn back to England!"

The Times' Chief Sports Reporter Martyn Ziegler also commented on the video, saying: "He couldn’t look more guilty if it was another sachet of white powder."

This video appearing was the last thing Bancroft needed after the batsman admitted to ball-tampering in Australia's ongoing Test with South Africa.

South Africa v Australia - 3rd Test: Day 3

The Australian couldn't hide his embarassment in an interview after the incident, saying: "We just had discussions with the match officials. I've been charged with attempting to change the condition of the ball," Bancroft explained.

"Once I was sighted on the big screens, I panicked quite a lot."

Aussie captain Steve Smith sensationally confessed that it was an act of cheating.

"We spoke about it and thought it was a possible way to get an advantage.

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"The leadership group knew about it. I'm not proud of it. The coaches weren't involved. It won't happen ever again under my leadership."

Aussie prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, as well as national legends such as Michael Clarke and Adam Gilchrist, condemned the team's behaviour after the incident.

The Australian Sports Commission also spoke out to criticise the team's actions, while Cricket Australia revealed that Smith and vice-captain David Warner have been withdrawn from their duties for the rest of the current Test.

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England cricket
David Warner
Cricket
The Ashes
Joe Root
Australia cricket
Jonny Bairstow

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