Former England skipper Alastair Cook has exposed Australia batsman David Warner once acknowledged to him that he used materials attached to the strapping on his hand to accelerate the worsening of the ball during a first-class match.
In his book The Autobiography, Alastair shared about the incident occurred when he, together with other England players, shared a few drinks with the Australian team after the Steve Smith-led side won the Ashes 2017-18 series.
“David Warner, a couple of beers into his festival, stated that he used ingredients attached to the strapping on his hand to fast-track the corrosion of the ball during a first-class match. I looked at Steve Smith who shot a fleeting look that said: ‘Ooh, you shouldn’t have said that” Cook wrote in the book.
Smith, along with Warner was handed a year prohibition for their participation in the notorious Cape Town ball-tampering incident. Cameron Bancroft who tried to change the nature of the ball in that Test was smacked with a 9-month ban.
The 34-year-old also wrote about how the Australians went too far with their win-at-all-costs philosophy.
“Stuart Broad sums it up pretty well and says they got the ball to reverse swing in that Ashes. Why change what you’ve been doing? Why suddenly use sandpaper? People know what was going on. But it’s been the best thing for Australian cricket because they realized it wasn’t acceptable. The win-at-all-costs culture they created isn’t what the Australian public needed or wanted. They’d gone too far.”