Australian cricketer guilty of ball-tampering

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Published: Monday, December 20, 2010, 12:57 [IST]
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Aus cricketer guilty of ball-tampering

The ugly head of ball-tampering has reared its head in Australia domestic scene. Victoria batsman Aaron Finch ahs been deemed guilty of deliberately damaging the ball duringh his state's domestic Sheffield Shield victory over South Australia.

Finch was consequently, fined half of his match fee at a Code of Behavior Commission of Cricket Australia on Monday, Dec 20. Finch admitted to his wrong-doing and told the commissioner, Judge David Smith, he was "most likely responsible for the damage to the ball," Cricket Australia said in a statement.

The umpires penalized Victoria five runs and initially charged the entire Victorian team with ball tampering on Saturday. However, on Monday, the initial charge against the Victorian team was withdrawn.

The penalty runs didn't affect the incumbent team's chances of victory. Victoria needed just 81 runs for victory on Sunday, and reached the target in its second innings in just 12 overs.


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