LONDON: Australia captain Aaron Finch attempted to defuse a potential controversy after spinner Adam Zampa was caught on camera putting his hand into his pocket and then rubbing the ball several times, fueling allegations of ball-tampering.
Zampa was pictured making the movements during Australia’s clash with India at The Oval on Sunday. India defeated the reigning champions by 36 runs.
The incident came just a year after Australia stars Warner and Steve Smith, as well as team-mate Cameron Bancroft were banned for their roles in a ball-tampering scheme during a Test in South Africa.
On this occasion, Finch insisted Zampa was using hand-warmers he had put in his pocket, as he apparently does for every match.
“I haven´t seen the photos, so I can´t comment on them. I know for a fact he has hand warmers in his pocket. He has them in every single game he plays,” Finch said.
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