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Ball-tampering a ‘cry for help’ in unbalanced sport – Steyn

MUMBAI: South African paceman Dale Steyn believes this year’s Australian ball-tampering scandal could be viewed as a “cry for help” because the balance between bat and ball in cricket has become so skewed in favor of the batsmen. Steyn, one of the most prolific wicket-takers of his generation, did not condone the actions of the Cape Town trio but said the incident exposed the need for cricket to change to prevent the loss of the art of reverse swing bowling. “It’s obviously not on, but if you think about it, it’s…

‘Bowlers worked me out, have to go back and beat them’ – Peter Handscomb

MELBOURNE: Peter Handscomb has been working closely with Chris Rogers, the NCC batting coach, to rediscover his form after admitting bowlers had “worked him out”. Handscomb was out of the playing XI midway through the Ashes last year, and though he returned to the side in Johannesburg, after Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith and David Warner were sent home from their tour of South Africa, he scored 0 and 24 in his two outings. Handscomb’s unorthodox technique has come under scrutiny, and while he has previously stood…