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Cricket News Ball tampering again? Adam Zampa reportedly under the scanner after Adelaide win

first_imgNo official word has come from either the South African or Australian players or officials. The ICC have not commented on this issue.Read More |Kagiso Rabada in danger of ban after Chris Lynn send-off in AdelaideBall-tampering scars freshEarlier in 2018, the cricketing world was plunged in turmoil during the Newlands Test when Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera taking a yellow sandpaper out of his pocket to alter the condition of the ball. He was eventually caught and the ensuing fall-out was massive.Steve Smith and David Warner admitted to their role in the scandal and both men were stripped of their leadership positions. Smith and Warner were banned for one year by Cricket Australia for their role in the ball-tampering saga while Bancroft received a nine-month ban. New Delhi: The ongoing ODI series between Australia and South Africa is the first encounter between the sides since the acrimonious ball-tampering scandal in the Newlands Test. There has been little talk about that incident in this series, with both Australia and South Africa both shying away from being overly aggressive.However, it seems that the ball-tampering scandal is still lurking in the backdrop. Australia’s seven-run win in Adelaide helped them snap their seven-match losing streak in ODIs but in the aftermath of the win, a footage has emerged on social media involving legspinner Adam Zampa.Read More | Women’s World T20: Lesbian couples give tournament colourful twistA Twitter user named @marcongers uploaded a footage involving Zampa suspiciously rubbing the ball. In the 42nd over, with South Africa needing 47 off 48 balls to win with three wickets in hand, skipper Aaron Finch turned to Zampa for the breakthrough.Before bowling the over, Zampa put his right arm in his pocket and seemed to be fiddling inside for 10 seconds. After that, he has an exchange with Glenn Maxwell, takes his hand out of the pocket and vigorously rubs the ball. This prompted several users to allege that Australia’s win was stained by ball-tampering. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

NASCAR at California: Jimmie Johnson says enforcing pit road speed in qualifying is ‘logical’

first_imgPrecise communication between drivers and spotters may be at an even bigger premium than it already is.”It’s a logical rule change,” seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson said Friday morning at Auto Club Speedway, site of Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on Fox, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).QUALIFYING MADNESS: No final times count at Fontana; Austin Dillon awarded pole  “It’s just kind of weird timing, in my opinion. We’re packing our bags and getting ready to head to Fontana and we’re five races into the year and the rule comes. I’m like, ‘What? Why didn’t we start the year like this?’ Again, it’s a logical rule.”And Johnson already has come up with a solution to potential speeding when he’s trying to work the No. 48 Chevrolet into an advantageous qualifying position on the track.”It’s just going to be silly if you’re at the end of pit road trying to get into a hole, and your time isn’t going to count because you went over the speed limit,” Johnson said. “I think the way I’m going to prevent doing that is I’m going to go down past the last orange line (at the end of pit road) and sit.”Well, at Martinsville, you’re sitting on the race track. At different tracks, that line is at a different spot. Understanding the intentions of this rule is going to be beneficial for everybody, and we can adjust to it.”Johnson says he’ll also have to change his mindset, because there are clear reasons to try to push the speed limit on pit road during qualifying.”In most circumstances, the spotters are trying to put us into holes on the track, and you don’t want to impede somebody that’s on a run,” Johnson said. “So spotters have visual marks, the drivers are used to seeing something in the mirror, and when they’re told which car to follow, we start rolling off of pit road and try to get up to speed to fill that gap.”The other piece to it is that we need every foot of race track to get these cars up to speed to do our qualifying in one lap. So, if you can leave pit road as hard as you can, that also helps. You have those two elements that you’re trying to play.” Johnson is a six-time winner at Auto Club with an average finish of 7.2 at the track closest to his El Cajon, Calif., home. He earned the first of his 83 career victories at the two-mile track in 2002 and won most recently here in 2016, his record-tying seventh championship season.In qualifying trim, Johnson was fastest in opening Cup practice on Friday, posting a top speed of 179.386 mph on the first of his five laps in the session.Reid Spencer writes for the NASCAR Wire Service. FONTANA, Calif. — With NASCAR announcing the enforcement of pit road speed limits during qualifying, a couple of things are certain: Pit road will be safer and less chaotic, and strategies will become more complicated.For one thing, drivers won’t be able to hustle down pit road to slot into a specific “hole” between cars trying to post qualifying laps. The new policy also is likely to discourage drivers from waiting until the absolute last moment to make a run.last_img read more

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