Ball tampering rocks England
Cardiff (Agencies): England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles says his team are not ball-tamperers, after allegations made by former captain Bob...
Cardiff (Agencies): England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles says his team are not ball-tamperers, after allegations made by former captain Bob Willis. Willis spoke out after a ball was changed during England's Champions Trophy defeat by Sri Lanka. But Giles said: "We don't tamper with the ball and I hope we can talk about something else. "There are a lot of headlines about the wrong stuff. The ball was changed because it had gone out of shape." Umpires Aleem Dar and Billy Bowden changed one of the two balls in the 26th over at The Oval on Thursday and Willis believes this was due to deliberate, roughing up of the ball from one unnamed England player. "Aleem Dar is on England's case," he told Sky Sports. "He knows that one individual is scratching the ball for England - who I am not going to name - and that's why the ball was changed." At the time of the change, England's bowlers were beginning to find some reverse swing, which had been a key factor in their opening win over Australia at Edgbaston. Speaking after the seven-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka, captain Alastair Cook said: "The ball was changed because it was out of shape. The umpires make those decisions and you have to accept them. "Sometimes you don't think they are the right decisions but there's not much you can do about it."