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Brighton Journal | 13th December 2019

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Sussex Host Australia’s First Test Match Since Ball-Tampering Scandal

Sussex Host Australia’s First Test Match Since Ball-Tampering Scandal
Hannah Midgley

Australia were at the centre of major controversy in March.

Today will see Sussex take on cricketing giants Australia in a one-day international.

The game will be played at Hove’s Central County Ground.

This game is huge for both parties, with Sussex welcoming one of the worlds best Cricket sides.

It also, perhaps more significantly, represents Australia’s first test match since they were embroiled in a major scandal for ball-tampering.

During a Test match against South Africa, Cameron Bancroft was spotted rubbing the ball with a small yellow object.

This was done in an attempt to influence the run of the ball, illegally creating problems for the South African batters.

Steve Smith had captained Australia before the scandal arose

It was revealed that three players, Captain Steve Smith, Vice-Captain David Warner and Bancroft, had all conspired in the act.

Smith and Warner received year long bans, with Bancroft also receiving a 9-month ban.

It threw Australian cricket into a state of disrepute, muddying the elite outfits reputation.

New captain Tim Paine said before this match that: “There is no doubt our reputation took a bit of a battering. That was difficult for the players to come to terms with”.

However, the Australian’s will be hoping to move on from this as soon as possible, and to yet again let their cricket do the talking for them.

The match will kick off at 2:00 p.m., with Sussex hoping to spoil Australia’s comeback party.



  1. August West

    A one-day match is not a test match which can last five days. It’s not even a first-class match which all use a red ball, a one day match uses a white ball.

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