After the terrible Cape Town Test, Paine unleashes a bombshell: “Footage was lost,” accusing South Africa of ball tampering.

Just a few days after the historic sandpaper-gate affair in Cape Town, which shook the world of cricket in 2018, former Australia captain Tim Paine accused South Africa of ball tampering in the Johannesburg Test.

The third match of the four-match series, the Cape Town Test, had significant repercussions. Then, for their roles in the affair, captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner, and Cricket Australia each received a one-year international ban while Cameron Bancroft received a nine-month suspension. It also spurred a reassessment of Australian cricket’s cultural background.

However, Paine said in his most recent book that the Proteas tampered with the ball during the fourth Test at Johannesburg’s New Wanderers Stadium.

In his brand-new book, “The Paid Price,” Paine writes, “I witnessed it happen in the fourth Test of that series.

Consider that. Following all that occurred in Cape Town, all the news coverage, all the restrictions, and moving on. When a shot of a South African player at mid-off taking a great crack at the ball appeared on the television during the next Test, I was watching from the bowlers’ end “He added.

In Cape Town (March 22–26), Paine was a member of the Australian playing XI, and in Johannesburg, he served as captain of the team (March 30-April 03).

The wicketkeeper said that he found it difficult to believe what he was watching on television and refuted the notion that the team’s locker room knew about the strategy (of the sandpaper-gate scandal). Even on the happiest teams, cricketers tend to keep a lot to themselves. The same is done by coaches and support personnel, wrote Paine.

Everyone, there was stunned to see Cameron Bancroft holding a piece of sandpaper as they turned to gaze up at the big screen. I was in awe. We were all. The 37-year-old said that ball-tampering was frequent in cricket and added that he had previously seen players “taping little bits of sandpaper onto their fingertips.” In Paine’s opinion, the group of Smith, Bancroft, and Warner ought to have had greater help from the team in the wake of the crisis.

“On their own, Steve and Cam. The situation was stressful and awful. Davey, in my opinion, felt abandoned and as if no one cared about him.

Everyone had some involvement in it; would the situation have been better for those three guys if we had taken ownership of it as a team? I believe it would have,” wrote Paine. Upon consideration, all three of them ought to have received more assistance. Perhaps as a team or organization, we could have done more; not enough individuals thought about themselves in their position.