The old game of bat and ball has taken a tectonic shift with the arrival of bigger, fatter willows. When such bats are used as hammers, there's no proverbial cover for poor bowler. This has been the popular narrative so far, let alone the occasional hues and cries over ball tampering.
South African cricketer Faf du Plessis has now reportedly turned the tables on the visitors by claiming that something was amiss about the ball reversing so early on the third day of the decisive third Test at Newlands.
Stung by a heavy defeat in the second Test, Australia are now practising ball tampering to improve the art of reverse-swing in the third Test against South Africa starting Saturday here at the Newlands.
Pakistan cricket officials were fuming over the second Test ball-tampering row which saw South Africa`s Faf Du Plessis hit with a small fine, claiming punishment would have been more severe had a sub-continent player been involved.
South African player Faf du Plessis faces punishment after he was summoned for a hearing into alleged ball tampering during the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai, an official confirmed on Saturday.
Factbox on major ball-tampering incidents in international cricket in the wake of South Africa being penalised five runs during the second test against Pakistan in Dubai on Friday for attempting to alter the state of the ball:
Amid the ball-tampering suspicions that are currently clouding England's ICC Champions Trophy campaign, South Africa captain AB de Villiers stoked the fire by admitting that England seemed to reverse swing the ball more quicker than other teams, which may be a possible concern.