Cook pinpoints moment England suspected Australia of ball-tampering during Ashes

Alastair Cook has admitted to England’s concerns over potential ball tampering during the Ashes.

Three Australian cricketers, Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, have been suspended for between nine months and a year for their part in a ball tampering incident in South Africa.

But Cook revealed that their was some head scratching in the England dressing room during the Perth Test when Australia managed to get the ball reversing despite wet conditions that would normally not help the practice.

Asked if they suspected anything untoward in the Ashes, Cook said: "Yeah, a little bit, we did think in Perth, when the outfield was wet after the rain, they managed to get the ball reversing although I didn’t see anything.

“We were curious in that series at certain moments but then we couldn’t get the ball up to 90mph and they consistently could, and there is a theory that the greater the pace the more it goes.”

Cook was an interested observer as the scandal unfolded and added: “I just think it was a real reminder, watching the whole thing, of what people want to watch in sport. They want to see whoever is playing, do it in a fair way. Win lose or draw.”

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