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Adam Zampa had hand warmers in his pocket: Aaron Finch clarifies amid ball-tampering claims

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first_imgAustralia leg-spinner Adam Zampa raised a quite a lot of eyebrows on Sunday when he was seen putting his hands inside his pocket and then rubbing the ball during the World Cup 2019 match against India at The Oval in London.The videos and pictures of Adam Zampa rubbing the ball each time after he put his hands inside his pocket went viral on social media. Zampa was seen taking something out of his pocket before bowling.Fans on social media immediately started to talk about the incident and some even claimed that Zampa was tampering with the ball during his spell.Adam Zampa tamper with ball against India ! @ICC @BCCI @cricketworldcup @imVkohli @msdhoni @sachin_rt @SGanguly99 @virendersehwag @cricketcomau pic.twitter.com/uKFJ612hKrSagar Tayde (@SagarTa47360539) June 9, 2019Did #AdamZampa just tampered the Ball ?? #CWC19 #INDvAUS#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/dRHcOxp1NUSP (@SuneelPofficial) June 9, 2019But Australia captain Aaron Finch revealed after the match that Zampa had hand warmers in his pockets, which he carries in every game. Zampa went wicketless in the match and conceded 50 runs from his 6 overs.”I haven’t seen the photos, but I know that he has hand warmers in his pocket. He has them every single game he plays. I honestly haven’t seen them, so I can’t comment too much on it. But I know for a fact that he has hand warmers every game,” Finch said at the post-match press conference after Australia’s 36-run loss against India in London.The video footage and pictures immediately brought back memories of the Cape Town Test between South Africa and Australia last year when Cameron Bancroft was caught rubbing sandpaper on the ball on the big screen at the ground.advertisementBancroft was suspended for 9 months by Cricket Australia for that incident while then-Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for a year each.The tainted duo of Warner and Smith made their comeback into the national team at the World Cup this year and have been booed by the crowd in England on several occasions already.Even on Sunday, Steve Smith was booed by a section of the crowd at The Oval following which India captain Virat Kohli asked the crowd to stop.If I was in a position where something had happened with me, and I’d apologised and accepted it, and came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn’t like it either.#ViratKohli on why he asked the fans to stop booing Steve Smith. #CWC19 | #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/CIMicjoSA0Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 9, 2019India crushed Australia by 36 runs to register their second successive victory and bring an end to Australia’s 10-match unbeaten streak in ODIs. The defending champions had won both their games before losing to India in this World Cup.India rode on opener Shikhar Dhawan (117) and captain Kohli’s (82) knocks to post a mammoth 352 for 5 after winning the toss and then bowled out Australia for 316 with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah taking 3 wickets each. The defending champions had won both their games before losing to India in this World Cup while India had defeated South Africa in their opening match.”Just one of those games, they outplayed us. You look at everything (when asked if he’d change the combination). You assess the conditions; you look for different combinations and different balances over time.”They got 120 off the last 10 overs and which is a lot. We didn’t bowl well. With so much batting to come, makes it tough to stop. There wasn’t huge amount on offer (help for the bowlers). We could have been straighter, dried up (runs) a little bit at times. They (India) bat very deep, you want to go for wickets, Finch told in the post match presentation,” Finch said at the post-match presentation.Also Read | India outplayed us, says Aaron Finch after defeatAlso Read | Apologised to Steve Smith on behalf of crowd, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Cricket World Cup 2019: Points TallyAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar questions Australia tactics in failed run chase vs Indialast_img read more