Stuart Broad rubbishes allegations of ball-tampering following social media uproar

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15 Aug 2021 | 03:43 PM
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Stuart Broad rubbishes allegations of ball-tampering following social media uproar

The 35-year-old pacer claimed that the players in question were having harmless fun, playing football

The Joe Root-led England side caused a minor flutter at Lord’s when two players tried playing a bit of "football" with the red Dukes during the post lunch session on the fourth day of the second Test.

Footage from the official broadcasters emerged where one England player passed the ball to another, who used his spikes to trap it, raising a social media storm as accusations of ball tampering flew thick and fast. The incident was recorded in the 35th over of the Indian second innings, bowled by Ollie Robinson.

However, following social media uproar, England pacer Stuart Broad, who sustained a series-ending injury earlier this week, took to Twitter to rubbish allegations of ball tampering. Broad, in his Tweet, claimed that the two players in question were merely trying to play harmless football, and asserted that the incident was being overblown for no reason.

“My comments are- Woody tried to nut meg Burnsy by tapping the ball through his legs (a very common occurrence) & he missed and kicked the ball there by accident. Instead of screenshotting the pic, watch the video- quite plain & easy to see,” Broad said in a Tweet, replying to a user who asked him to comment on the incident. 

In a separate Tweet, the 35-year-old pacer said that there was nothing ‘deliberate’ in the actions of the English players.

(With inputs from PTI)


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