Where is Mike Denness now?

Where is Mike Denness now?

Post by Don speaks the trut » Thu, 07 Jan 2010 08:48:49


The South Africa camp said they had raised their concerns with
Roshan Mahanama, the match referee, after television cameras had
picked up pictures of Stuart Broad late in the morning session
treading on the ball with his spikes and James Anderson poking at it
with his fingers.

The images can hardly be considered conclusive evidence of tampering,
but South Africa believe they are part of a pattern of deliberate ball-
scuffing, which could be intended to foster reverse swing.

Cook and Bell miss chance to put England in charge Flower insisted
that his bowlers had put in a day of honest toil and added: Over
the years we have seen a lot of tall fast bowlers stop the ball with
their boot, so I dont see anything sinister in it at all.

Asked about Broads use of his spikes, and another moment when he was
pictured hurling the ball hard into the pitch, Flower replied: I
think youre talking about very isolated incidents.

"If youre talking about stopping the ball once with your boot, and
one throw, through a session of 80 overs today, I think youre being a
little bit pernickety.

The England camp are clearly furious about the issue. We firmly rebut
any accusations of ball tampering, a spokesman said.

Although the South Africans say they have taken the matter up with the
match referee, they have yet to file the written complaint that would
trigger the full disciplinary process, including a hearing and
possible penalties for any player found to be involved.

According to sources within the South Africa camp, they want to come
back on Wednesday morning and take soundings from the match officials,
who include Mahanama and the two on field umpires, Daryl Harper and
Tony Hill, before deciding whether to take the issue to the
International Cricket Council.

Given that the TV pictures are suspicious rather than truly
incriminating, there would probably have to be some further evidence
such as marks on the ball or personal testimony from one of the on
field umpires for this accusation to become formal.

At the moment, it seems as though the South Africans may be trying to
incriminate England via the media rather than following through with
their claims.

I dont want to say anything at the moment, Mahanama said on Tuesday
night. People have different perspectives. The umpires have had a
long, tough day, and they have handled it well.

It emerged that Mahanama had spoken to the umpires about the footage
at lunchtime. As the players took the field for the afternoon session,
Harper and Hill then spoke to Andrew Strauss, the England captain,
reminding him that they have the right to inspect the ball at regular
intervals, and that if any cleaning is required, they should be the
ones to do it.

Broad himself would not be quoted, though he let it be known that
stopping the ball with his boot had seemed the most logical option in
such oven-like heat.

The incident happened in the 15th over of South Africas innings, when
Hashim Amla played a defensive shot back down the pitch. Having
stopped the ball, Broad then threw it to James Anderson who cupped it
in both hands and started working it.

The cameras picked up a couple of scrapes with the index finger, as
well as a pick at a loose bit of leather, which may or may not have
been dislodged by Broads spikes.

But none of this was especially damning, as Anderson was cradling the
ball gently rather than gouging at it.

Reverse swing is becoming an emotive subject in this series,
especially as South Africa had come out of the Durban Test with
questions about how England had made the ball duck and dive, while
their own bowlers struggled to move it off the straight.

In the days between the Tests, South African coach Mickey Arthur was
asked to pinpoint the reason for this disparity. Its a question Ive
asked as well, he replied. I want to know how come England are
swinging it and were not.

Ball tempering- what is it?

Ball tampering is the altering of the condition of the ball, as
opposed to the maintaining of it, by illegal means under the Laws of

Examples are picking the seam, by which the stitching of the main seam
is raised by fingernails in order to gain more movement off it. This
is difficult to achieve with a Kookaburra ball, whose seams goes soft
after about 20 overs.

Reverse swing can be achieved by roughing one side of the ball and
keeping it dry while simultaneously keeping the other smooth and
clammy. It can be achieved by legal means but any picking or
deliberate scuffing of the ball to make it rough is considered

South Africa obviously felt Broad's actions were an attempt to fast
forward that abrasive process.