The Australian cricket team has been rocked by fresh claims of ball tampering after spin bowler Adam Zampa was seen with an object in his hands at the Cricket World Cup.
Zampa was bowling against India at The Oval in London on Sunday, a match the Aussies lost by 36 runs, when pictures appeared to show a white object in his hands while he was holding the ball.
Fans were quick to accuse Zampa of ball tampering in tweets and posts online.
Zampa’s teammates 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.
And Finch says: “I haven’t seen the photos but I know that he has hand warmers in his pocket.
“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.”
The ICC had not commented on the issue as of Monday evening with Australia facing Pakistan in their next match on Wednesday.
Cricket fans shared their thoughts on social media condemning the alleged claims;
I’d rather cop to the ball tampering, than being the guy admitting to using hand warmers on a relatively warm day.— Ngati Dread🇳🇿 (@ngatiskippy_mal) June 10, 2019
But, that’s just me... pic.twitter.com/XevTTa6wci
Ball tampering pic.twitter.com/bpd4DtxSpy— RAMASAMY VAIDHYANTHA (@RVaidhyanthan) June 10, 2019
@ICC @CricketAus isn’t this related to ball tampering? The entire world saw #AdamZampa holding something in his pocket. Are the players allowed to carry things in their pockets at the ground?@davidwarner31 @stevesmith49 @Gmaxi_32 @BCCI pic.twitter.com/LeVs7HcZoO— ਜਸਪ੍ਰੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ (@THEONLYJASPREET) June 10, 2019
Was Adam zampa doing ball tampering again 😒😒😒😒
— Umesh Dadsena (@UDadsena) June 10, 2019