Anderson ball-tampering claims 'a beat-up'

It was just ‘pommie bashing’ England coach Bayliss on Australia’s ball-tampering claims

"The umpires then know there is nothing untoward going on".

After Australia scored 327, England showed mettle, thanks to a monumental double ton from Alastair Cook to take a huge 164-run lead in the first innings.

There were mutterings about two tactics apparently being used by England to rough up the ball in order to encourage reverse swing. The match referee, Ranjan Madugalle, confirmed after a play that both teams had been warned about scuffing the ball up by deliberately throwing it to the wicketkeeper on the half-volley, but there were no reports of ball tampering.

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Bayliss is one of the most laid-back coaches in world cricket but he knows how a ball-tampering row erupted in Australia past year when South Africa captain Faf Du Plessis was caught on camera rubbing saliva on the ball while sucking a sweet and wanted to quickly check with the umpires if there was anything going on.

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If the action taken by the fielder does not fit any of these, the umpires shall consider the condition of the ball unfairly changed.

What did the umpires do?

Root, Stuart Broad and Anderson were all involved in a tense discussion with umpire Sundaram Ravi on the morning of day four.

"As soon as I saw the headlines I raced to see the umpires and they said there was nothing to worry about", said Bayliss.

"One thing you want to make sure you do, when you do anything to the ball besides shining it, is make sure you go to the umpire (and show him what you want to do)".

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"You've got no problems cleaning the ball". "Every team in the world does that", Bayliss retorted.

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"There is a bit of dirt and mud out there, and it does get in the ball and into some of the seams, and you are allowed to clean it off".

"It is because it is a slow news day and England are in a strong position".

"He is not scratching it".

"He was cleaning the ball and if he was trying to rough it up, he was trying to rough the wrong side up, that was the shiny side his thumb was on".

"From what I have seen I don't think there is a great deal in it". So it was probably due a ball-tampering row.

When asked about their comments, Bayliss's response was to point out they also may have done something similar in the past: "I haven't heard what they said but they were players once too".

"Obviously the two best Australian batsmen are at the crease at the moment so they'll be hard to get through, but if we can do that and put some pressure on the rest of the batting line-up, pressure can do amusing things".

England have already lost the Ashes, but are looking to avoid a second consecutive whitewash and ninth successive Test defeat down under.

He said: "The first innings we took six or seven wickets for not a lot of runs, so it is possible. We have 98 overs, more than enough time to force a result if we play well".

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