Discovering backstory on Warner and the ball tampering extravaganza of early 2018
Australian rugby players still play after threatening to kill, ransacking homes, and beating women. But apparently, when dirty tape is rubbed on a cricket ball, the country melts down.
Steve Smith squeezed out a tear on national television and Aussie blokes went into the bathroom, wept, and came out saying things like, “As a dad, I forgive him for tampering with the ball.”
Just seen @stevesmith49’s press conference. As a parent, I’m gutted for him & his family!
Shout me down if you want, but I’m speaking as a parent!
It will get better mate!
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 29, 2018
It was bizarre.
I don’t know much about cricket. Everything I know comes from my Indian cousins and comedian Billy D’Arcy’s material, and I never see my cousins. Forgive me for not knowing the backstory, particularly surrounding villain David Warner, the man found to be responsible for the ball tampering plan.
In 2014, David Warner made allegations against the AB de Villiers from the South African cricket team saying he may have illegally roughed up the ball.
From a news story on ESPN cricinfo:
Following the conclusion of the Test, Warner told an Australian radio station that he had kept an eye on the conduct of the wicketkeeper AB de Villiers, claiming that he may have used his gloves to scrape the ball.
An inquiry was launched and it was found that no wrongdoing had been committed on the part of the South African cricket team or de Villiers. Under an article in the ICC Code of conduct, David was forced to forfeit 15% of his match fee ($2880).
Public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an International Match or any Player, Player Support Personnel, Match official or team participating in any International Match, irrespective of when such criticism or inappropriate comment is made.
David is no stranger to controversy. He has been fined, given demerit points, and suspended for various assaults and altercations. Former New Zealand Team captain Martin Crowe described David as ‘the most juvenile player I has ever seen on a field’ and asked for a yellow / red card system to be introduced to deal with his ‘thuggish behaviour’. He and the gang disrupted the gentlemen’s game and Australians went into crisis. Now 17-year-olds are lamenting a lack of hope for 10-year olds in verbose op-eds.
Further exciting the story, the cheating threesome was dobbed in. Another South African de Villiers, Fanie de Villiers made accusations about the Australians much like David Warner did in 2014. However, Fanie de Villiers did the dirty away from cameras and microphones, and he didn’t reveal it until after it was confirmed.
Fanie de Villiers, a retired South African fast bowler, did commentary during the match for one of the broadcasters and spoke about his involvement on a radio show. De Villiers revealed how, suspecting the Australians were up to something, he instructed TV camera operators to keep their lenses trained on the Australians for ball tampering.
From a news story on SkySports.com:
We actually said to our cameramen, ‘go out [and] 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.
News stories are shaped, including by how we react to them. Apparently, an assault against the gentleman’s game is easier to be outraged over than an assault on a person.