The pieces of “Australian ball-tampering grade sandpaper” were part of an advertising stunt and it’s understood 5000 sandpaper cards were confiscated in the ground.
It was an unsubtle reference to Australia’s sandpaper ball-tampering scandal as they played their first international match since that ill-fated South African tour which led to long bans on skipper Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft.
Rookie Australian captain Tim Paine admitted before the game that his new-look team expected to cop plenty of flak from the English crowds.
Paine and Shaun Marsh were the only two players in the starting line-up that played in the infamous Cape Town Test, and the skipper indicated there hadn’t been much ribbing from the sell-out crowd aimed at his players.
“I’m pretty lucky being in the middle I can’t hear anything,” Paine said.
“I haven’t spoken to the (other guys) but there wasn’t any talk of copping too much stick out there which is nice.
After Australia grimly held on for a draw in Dubai, it has set up a winner-takes-all battle in Abu Dhabi for the second Test of their series in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan. This being a two-Test series put extra significance on what Australia’s batsmen were able to do during Day 5 of the […]
Pakistan will face Australia in the second and final Test of their series in the United Arab Emirates with the winner set to claim the series victory. The match is set to get underway on Tuesday, October 16 at 5pm (AEDT), with it being played at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.