Cricket

.

England fans troll Australia for ball-tampering saga before first ODI

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

It's the scandal that shocked the cricket world and two months on, it is still a hot topic of debate.

The ball-tampering saga from Australia's tour of South Africa resulted in captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner receiving 12-month bans, Cameron Bancroft a nine-month ban and coach Darren Lehmann's eventual resignation.

So of course, when the Aussies rolled into town for their first clash against England since the debacle on Wednesday there was no chance it wouldn't be brought back up again.

England fans had a lot of fun at the One-Day International at the Oval in the first of a five-match series against the Australian team today, handing out strips of sandpaper, mimicking what the Aussie culprits had in their pockets to make the ball behave erratically during that ill-fated Test just a few months ago.

More than 5000 pieces of boundary cards made from sandpaper were handed to fans on their way into the ground with spectators more than happy to join in on the joke, and with security struggling to remove the offending items.

Australia's former coach Lehmann did not see the funny side, however, and tweeted his disapproval when cricket journalist Alison Mitchell posted a photo of one of the boundary cards that were being handed out.

The Aussies had already been subjected to jibes after their warm-up match against Sussex in Hove, with the home fans singing 'If you like sandpaper, clap your hands' during the match.

And matters on the field wouldn't have made Lehmann feel any better.

After winning the toss at The Oval, Australia opted to bat first but could only manage to post a total of 214 all out, with a few overs left to spare.

Glenn Maxwell was the only batsman to mount any serious resistance by scoring 62 but England's attack - particularly Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Liam Plunkett - did well to restrict the tourists to a relatively modest total.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms

Topics:
England cricket
Australia cricket
Cricket
David Warner
Joe Root

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again