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Latest Cricket News: England fans handed 5000 pieces of sandpaper on their way to The Oval

  • English supporters poke fun at Australia by holding placards made of sandpaper during the 1st ODI at Oval
  • The ball-tampering controversy continues to be a topic of debate among fans across the world

The ball-tampering scandal involving the Australian cricket team shocked the cricketing world and more two months on, it continues to be a raging topic of discussion. The ball-tampering saga from Australia‘s tour of South Africa resulted in captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner receiving 12-month bans, Cameron Bancroft a nine-month ban and coach Darren Lehmann’s eventual resignation continues to make plenty of Latest Cricket News.

The Aussies are in England for their first assignment since the infamous ball-tampering scandal and it was inevitable that it would be brought back up again by the Barmy Army given the nature of rivalry between the two nations. And so it happened.

Over 5000 sandpaper strips handed over to English fans outside The Oval

The two teams played the first ODI of the series on Wednesday (June 13) and England fans certainly had their share of fun at The Oval in London. In Cricket News Today that is rightly making headlines, strips of sandpaper were handed out to English supporters, mimicking what the Aussie culprits had in their pockets to make the ball behave erratically during that ill-fated Test just a few months ago.

What made heads turn and was the subject of Cricket Latest News was the fact that more than 5000 pieces of boundary cards made from sandpaper were handed to fans on their way into the ground by members of the Barmy Army. The spectators were also seen to be more than happy to join in on the joke, and with security struggling to remove the offending items.

The cards were branded with “4” and “6” inscribed on them and more than 10 people stationed at various points around the ground in London were seen handing them over. In more Cricket News Today, it is believed that the idea came from a local entrepreneur Mark Ackred, who hoped the joke would be taken in good humour.

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I had one Aussie give me a bit of stick, but it was all in good fun,” Ackred said. But he certainly wasn’t aware that the ground security was under strict orders to seize as many sandpapers as they could before punters got in to the ground.

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It has to be noted that the Australian cricketers were subjected to similar jibes during their warm-up match against county side Sussex, with a section of supporters singing ‘If you like sandpaper, clap your hands’ during the match.

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