Alastair Cook has revealed the moment England suspected Australia of ball-tampering during the 2017/18 Ashes.
In March 2018, Australian cricket came under fire during and after the third Test match against South Africa in Cape Town, as opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was caught sandpapering one side of the ball by television cameras.
Former Australian captain Steve Smith and former vice-captain David Warner were handed one-year bans, while also being stripped of captaincy duties, while Bancroft was given nine months.
Ex-head coach Darren Lehmann was cleared of any involvement in the scandal, however, the 48-year-old confirmed in a press-conference he would step down after the final Test.
In an article with Mirror Sport, former captain of the England Test and One-Day International team Alastair Cook explained when he and his side began to grow suspicious that something similar was going on during the Ashes series.
Cook revealed there was some question marks on how, despite wet conditions which would normally not help the play, Australia managed to get the ball reversing.
He said: "Yeah, a little bit, (asked if they suspected anything untoward in the Ashes)
"We did think in Perth, when the outfield was wet after the rain, they managed to get the ball reversing, although I didn't see anything.
“We were curious in that series at certain moments, but then we couldn’t get the ball up to 90mph and they consistently could, and there is a theory that the greater the pace the more it goes.
“I just think it was a real reminder, watching the whole thing, of what people want to watch in sport. They want to see whoever is playing, do it in a fair way. Win lose or draw.”
England failed to defend their title, which they won in 2015, as Australia would go on to win the five-match series 4–0, with Smith also being awarded Player of the Series.