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South Africa involved in ball manipulation shortly after sandpaper scandal, claims Tim Paine

Former Australia captain Tim Paine has accused South Africa of tampering with the ball in the Test following the Sandpaper gate scandal that led to the sacking as captain and vice-captain of Steve Smith and David Warner in 2018.

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In his explosive accusations, Paine said this act of the Proteas was covered up by the South African match broadcasters.

Paine made the explosive claims in his autobiography The Paid Price, with the former Test captain becoming the first player to lift the lid on the 2018 Cape Town Test in an all-encompassing book, the Australian Associate Press said in a report.

Paine, who was forced to resign in 2021 after a sexting incident with a former Cricket Tasmania colleague in 2017, denied that the plan for Cameron Bancroft to use sandpaper on the ball during the third Test of the series against South Africa in Cape Town was hatched during a team meeting.

He says he was stunned and his heart sank when replays showed Bancroft hiding the sandpaper in his pants before being addressed by umpires.

“I thought ‘what the f**k,'” Paine wrote. “A sense of fear came over all of us.”

In a lengthy chapter on the 2018 tour, Paine went out of his way to point out that ball tampering was common in cricket and it was the sport’s dirty secret.

But he admitted using sandpaper was “next level” and “embarrassing,” with traditional tampering, usually through means such as throwing the ball into the ground, the report said.

He claims he was furious when he saw South Africa reportedly tearing the seam of the ball apart in the next Test.

“I saw it happen in the fourth Test of that series,” Paine wrote. “Think about it. After all that had happened in Cape Town, after all the headlines and bans and so on.

“I was at the bowler’s end in the next Test when a shot appeared on the screen half way through from a South African player with a huge split on the ball.

“The television director, who had played an active role in capturing Cam, immediately took the shot off the screen.

“We went over it to the umpires, which may have seemed a little bad, but we were slaughtered and convinced they could handle it from the first test.

“But the images have been lost. As it would be.”

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