Tim Bresnan posts tweet remembering when Australia accused England of ball-tampering

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Australian cricket is in its biggest crisis in living memory after they were caught ball-tampering against South Africa.

Captain Steve Smith has been given a one-match ban by the ICC and fined his entire match fee, while Cameron Bancroft was given three demerit points and was forced to give up 75% of his fee.

More than a few cricket fans have been disappointed with those punishments, with many referencing Salman Butt's five-year ban for spot-fixing against England in 2010.

Of course, spot-fixing is a far more serious offence, even if the Baggy Green have essentially admitted to pre-meditated cheating.

Nevertheless, the significance of ball-tampering shouldn't be understated, and the statistics showing how much Australia's bowlers benefited from the extra reverse swing are rather worrying.

So, while it's far from unheard of for bowling sides to try and earn an advantage with a little bit of shine, it's only right that the Aussies have been punished for crossing the line.

Now, questions are even being raised over whether they employed unfair tactics during the 2017/18 Ashes, in which they triumphed 4-0.

And to make matters all the more embarrassing, it's been pointed out that in the middle of that series, they accused England of doing exactly the same thing.

Bresnan hasn't forgotten 

Tim Bresnan posted a tweet remembering allegations back in December that Jimmy Anderson had deliberately stuck his fingernail into the ball.

Take a look at the incident below:

Probably a little dodgy from the seamer, but Bresnan was just loving the irony of Australia being unhappy with Anderson's actions:

Brilliant. While Anderson was scrutinised at the time and was spoken to by umpires on the day, it was all forgotten about relatively quickly.

The same cannot be said of the storm engulfing Bancroft, Smith, and co.

The consequences for them are likely to be huge, with talk that the skipper could lose the armband.

As for Bancroft, he only made his debut against England in the winter and given that he hasn't exactly been consistent, who knows what implications the saga could have for his international career.

Trevor Bayliss' men have very few positive memories of the Ashes, but perhaps they can now look back at this incident with a wry smile.

What do you make of the ball-tampering scandal? Have your say in the comments. 

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