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Cameron Bancroft's first newspaper interview since 'Sandpapergate': 'There was no ball-tampering in the Ashes'

Cameron Bancroft at Chester le Street
Cameron Bancroft says he has grown as a person off the back of 'Sandpapergate' Credit: Mark Pinder

To embrace a future that is again filled with hope, purpose and optimism, Cameron Bancroft knows that he must first confront the past. It is now just over a year since images of him illegally tampering with a cricket ball were beamed on the big screen at Newlands during the third Test against South Africa.

Red-handed and red-faced, Australian cricket promptly descended into an unprecedented crisis. One newspaper compared it to Watergate. Their prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, described the national shame as “beyond belief” while most cricket fans in England had one simple thought: ‘Did they also cheat in the Ashes demolition that had preceded the South Africa series?’ 

It is a question that...

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