Cricket legend makes astonishing tampering claim

Australian cricketing legend Mark Taylor has made an astonishing admission about the ball tampering saga, saying there was a possibility it could have happened more than once.

In an interview with Wide World of Sports, Taylor said the Cricket Australia review into the incident only took into account the events of the third day of the match.

“There was no probe into finding out how long it had been going on for,” he said.

“Was this the first time? There’s no doubt this ‘ball management’ has been going on for a long time, and I dare say every country is either doing it or working out how to do it, but there’s a line somewhere between ball management and ball tampering.

Mark Taylor. (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

“The grey area in all of this is how much of this ball management in the past was tampering and went unnoticed.”

The CA review into the scandal, which was lead by Iain Roy, recommended 12-month bans for Steve Smith and David Warner, and a nine-month ban for Cameron Bancroft.

The then Test captain Smith insisted the Cape Town incident was the only time a ball had been tampered with.

I can promise you this is the first time it’s happened,” Smith said at the time .

Taylor though, has his doubts.

The former Test captain said the team had become obsessed with getting the ball to swing.

“One of the reasons I think Australia fell into trouble in South Africa last year is because they got so fixated on reverse swing,” he said.

“They had three of the finest fast bowlers in world cricket, and 10 overs into a Test in South Africa they’re working on how to manage the ball to get it to reverse.

“They got too carried away with reverse swing and forgot about orthodox, normal swing bowling that’s been around for 140 years.”