England accused of ball tampering during Sri Lanka match

Saturday, 15 June 2013 - 12:15


ALASTAIR COOK is adamant England’s bowlers can reverse swing the ball because of their skill and hard work.


Captain Cook insists it has nothing to do with anything sinister such as illegal ball- tampering or scratching the leather.


But the furore — blown into the open by former England captain Bob Willis after days of muttering and rumour — is the last thing Cook needs as he approaches a must-win Champions Trophy match against New Zealand tomorrow.


The problem started when umpires Aleem Dar and Billy Bowden changed one of the two balls in the 26th over of Sri Lanka’s successful run chase at the Oval on Thursday evening.


Cook was patently livid — because he and his bowlers believed the ball was reaching the optimum condition to start reverse swinging.

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