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Aaron Finch breaks silence on Ball-Tampering claims against Adam Zampa

Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa raised a lot of eyebrows when he was spotted putting hands inside his pocket several times and then rubbing the ball during the World Cup 2019 clash against India at The Oval in London on Sunday.

The videos and pictures of Zampa rubbing the ball each time after he put his hands inside the pocket went viral on social media. Zampa was seen taking something out of his pocket before bowling.

Zampa was not under any official investigation and umpires did not raise any concerns on the field. Photo: Getty Images

Fans on social media immediately started to talk about the incident and some even claimed that Zampa was tampering the ball.

But Australia captain Aaron Finch after the match made it clear that Zampa had hand warmers in his pockets, which he carries in every game.

Australia spinner Adam Zampa may have been using hand warmers during his bowling spell in Sunday’s 36-run Cricket World Cup defeat by India, captain Aaron Finch has said in response to a flood of ball-tampering accusations on social media.

“I haven’t seen the photos, but I know that he has hand warmers in his pocket,” Finch told reporters. “He has them every single game he plays.”

“I honestly haven’t seen them (the images), so I can’t comment too much on it. But I know for a fact that he has hand warmers every game,” he added.

Ball-tampering has remained a talking point at the tournament. Several teams have received unofficial warnings from umpires for balls being bounced on the way back to wicketkeepers, potentially scuffing the leather.

Smith and Warner have been met with jeers at all three of Australia’s games since returning to the side from the ban stemming from the ball-tampering dramas last year.

Virat Kohli apologized to Steve Smith for the booing and abuse he was copping from Indian fans and told supporters to cheer him in Australia’s 36-run World Cup loss.

Zampa’s team mates Steve Smith and David Warner have just returned to the national setup after serving 12-month bans for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa early last year. Photo: Getty Images

Australia’s former captain was met with boos when he briefly fielded on the boundary during Kohli’s innings on Sunday, mellowing only slightly when he waved happily at a small section. However, Kohli stepped in at the next break in play, pointing to the crowd and his Indian crest and encouraging them to be more positive.

“What’s happened has happened like long back, the guy is back, he’s trying to play well for his side,” Kohli said.

“Even in the IPL I saw him, it’s not good to see someone down like that, to be honest. I just felt for him, and I told him, ‘I’m sorry on behalf of the crowd’. Because I’ve seen that happen in a few earlier games, as well, and in my opinion, that’s not acceptable.”

Kohli is the first player to make such a statement to a crowd since Smith and Warner’s returns. It comes despite he, Smith and the Australian side having had at times a fractured relationship on the field.

Most notably, the India captain all but accused Smith of cheating in 2017 when he looked to the dressing room before deciding whether to review an lbw decision against India.

“We’ve had issues in the past. We’ve had a few arguments on the field. But you don’t want to see a guy feeling that heat every time he goes out to play,” Kohli said.

“So just because there’s so many Indian fans here, I just didn’t want them to set a bad example, to be honest. I felt bad because if I was in a position where something had happened with me and I had apologized, I accepted it and I came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn’t like it, either.”

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