Fanie de Villiers gave tip-off that revealed ball-tampering scandal
Last Updated: 28/03/18 4:28pm
Former South Africa player Fanie de Villiers says he told the broadcaster he works for that Australia were ball tampering in the third Test.
De Villiers says his suspicions led to footage being captured which showed Australia's Cameron Bancroft attempting to alter the condition of the ball.
A furore ensued and Bancroft has been handed a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia, while captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner received 12-month suspensions.
A seamer during his playing days, De Villiers says the way Australia were getting the ball to behave aroused his suspicions.
De Villiers told RSN Radio: "I said earlier on that, if they could get reverse swing in the 26th, 27th, 28th over, then they are doing something different from what everyone else does.
"We actually said to our cameramen, 'go out, have a look boys. They're using something'.
"They searched for an hour and a half until they saw something and then they started following Bancroft, and they actually caught him out at the end.
"It's impossible for the ball to get altered like that on cricket wickets where we knew there was grass on.
"We're talking about a grass-covered wicket, where you have to do something else to alter the shape, to alter the roughness of the ball on the one side."
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