Former England spinner Monty Panesar admits tampering with ball

Last Updated: May 25 2019 19:41
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CRICKET- Former England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar has revealed in his new book ‘The Full Monty’ that the England cricket team tampered with the ball through mints and sun cream during his Test career.

Panesar played 50 Tests for England between 2006 and 2013.

An excerpt from his book reveals, “We found that mints and sun cream had an effect on the saliva, and that helped the ball to reverse.

“I might also have ‘accidentally’ caught the ball on the zip of my trouser pocket to rough it up a little. Whether we broke the laws depends on how you interpret them.

“That was probably a hairline fracture of the spirit of the game, even if the laws said you were allowed to ‘use your uniform’”

Panesar also talked about his battle with depression and his hopes of making a comeback into the national squad.