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tv   Sportsday  BBC News  March 26, 2018 10:30pm-10:46pm BST

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he has been a fine captain for australia. the cheating that occurred here at newlands on saturday afternoon will go down as one of the most infamous episodes in the history of cricket. a scandal that has shocked a sport and shamed a nation and the full repercussions will soon become clear. pictures have now also emerged which allegedly show bancroft putting sugar in his pocket during a recent ashes series. it has led to questions over whether the incident in cape town was the first time australia had used illegal methods to get the ball to swing, making it harder to bat against. i am pretty sure that it was going on throughout the ashes series, but it was not the reason that england lost 4—0. england still would have lost that series, australia probably needed their little trick of the trade, maybe in melbourne it did not work, but other than that, i don't think they required it. but i am pretty sure it has been going on for quite a while. and amid so much controversy, it is easy to forget that there is another test match to be played in this acrimonious series. australia, now trailing 2—1, will travel to johannesburg tomorrow, but it's their actions
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here that threaten to overshadow their tour of south africa. dan roan, bbc news, cape town. newsnight is coming up on bbc two. here's emily. tonight we will hear from tony blair on brexit and a senior member of corbyn‘s team respond to the charges of anti—semitism on labour. join me now on bbc two. here on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. hello and welcome to sportsday. i'm holly hamilton. coming up on the
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programme. australia move out of cape town while investigators move in but are there now questions over ball tampering in the ashes? i can't believe that this hasn't happened before. i'm pretty sure it was going on throughout the ashes series but it wasn't the reason england lost 4—0. england have problems of their own. blown away by new zealand in the first test in auckland. johanna konta takes a first set lead over venus williams in miami. hello and welcome to sportsday. it was a very controversial couple
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of days and we start with that scandal that has rocked australian cricket and cast a shadow over the sport worldwide. captain steve smith and cameron bancroft‘s admission on saturday that the team had a premeditated plan to tamper with the ball turned the third test in south africa into a circus. smith today stood down as captain of rajastan royals in the indian premier league while investigators are now in cape town. the former england captain and test match special commentator michael vaughan says he believes australia could have tampered with the ball during this winter's ashes win over england. this australian team have got a huge identity problem. they have got a problem in the way that they are, they are very self—righteous, they have been for a while. they talk the game that they feel it should be played like and then deliver what we saw at the weekend in cape town. to think that the lead at steve smith has thrown out a young player to create sandpaper, let's get to the point, they have tried to create
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sandpaper out in the middle, that baggy green cap that the australians swear by, justin langer used to sleep in his baggy green. the actual values of that baggy green we have heard for many, many years, this set of australian players have com pletely of australian players have completely ripped up those values. people now asking questions about the ashes series in the winter and when australia were doing anything similarduring when australia were doing anything similar during that series. what are your thoughts on that? i've got to be honest, i can't think that cameron bancroft was told to go out there with a piece of tape for a reason that they have not tried it before. i can't think that that's come up with over lunch in cape town, someone has gone, you know what, gets on tape and put some dirt on itand what, gets on tape and put some dirt on it and it will create sandpaper roughed up one side and it will start to turn. i can't believe this hasn't happened before. i look at the amount of tapes of the field is war in the ashes series, mid—on, mid—off, we don't have to name names
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but they know who they are. i'm pretty sure it was going on in the ashes series but it wasn't the reason england lost 4—0, england still would have lost that series, australia needed their trick of the trade, maybe in melbourne it didn't work but other than that i don't think they required. otherwise i'm pretty sure it has been going on for quite a while. some big claims from former england captain michael vaughan. so we've heard about the cheating and the repercussions, but just what were the australians trying to achieve by tampering with the ball. test match special‘s simon hughes can tell us. there are two types of swing, conventional swing using the polished side to make the ball curve one way but with the kookaburra ball used in south africa and australia the shine does not last very long so what bowlers do is try and get the rough side roughed up so it's scratched and abraded on fairly rough dry pitch and that creates reverse swing,
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turbulence on the rough side and that drags the ball forces the ball in the other direction at high speed very hard to play. you are not allowed to scratch the ball so what they try to do is bowl it cross seam like this and make it land on that side or throw it in from the boundary and bounce it on a rough bit of ground to try and scuff it up to scratch it and get it is rough and pitted as you can but that is a lottery, throwing it or bowling it to land on the rough side so if you can use devious tactics to try and scratch it or rough it up with sandpaper you will but those are not allowed in the laws of the game. thanks to simon hughes. well, the ball—tampering affair and its repercussions have maybe inadvertantly done england a favour as their innings defeat by new zealand in the first test in auckland has been overshadowed somewhat. but it's still a fifth defeat out of six this winter forjoe root‘s side and their tenth in their 12 tests overseas. from auckland, here's our reporter henry moran. the history books dictated it was always unlikely england were going to come out of this fifth day with anything other than defeat
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— as it was some valiant batting performances at least reach gained some credibility that was lost in the dismal first—innings performance that saw england 58 all out. but england could not quite see it home. england's hopes of salvaging an unlikely draw rested on a familiar pair of shoulders. in his comeback test, ben stokes and as his first ball disappeared to the boundary, the signs seemed encouraging. but on a day when survival was the key, the wickets soon tumbled. towered mallan was the first to go as new zealand seized the momentum. —— dawid malan. a terrible shot from jonny bairstow, a quite dazzling catch from kane williamson and england were in deep trouble. at the other end of stokes stood strong defying a back injury as well as his opponents, patiently he ground his way to a half—century, and in chris woakes he found and
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able ally as the pair edged england towards safety. but on 66 after restraining himself for so long, stokes finally succumbed to temptation. four and a half hours of watchfulness undone in a flash and he knew it. sure enough, england's hopes left with him. new zealand soon wrapping up an emphatic victory. for england, a fifth defeat in their past six tests after what has proven the bleakest of winters. andy swiss, bbc news. this defeat in auckland means england have failed to win away from home in 12 test matches stretching back to 2016, a worrying trend for an england side who are dominant at home in the long format but not when they are not used to conditions and work particularly for the bowling unit. england may not have the same issues that other countries around the world are facing at the moment
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but would this away form there is concern. henry moran for bbc news in auckland. tennis now. johanna konta is currently on court against venus williams in the fourth round of the miami open. battling for a place in the quarter—finals, the defending champion took an early lead in the first set but had to endure a fightback from the american. she took the opener in the end 7—5 and it is currently 1—0 to williams in the second set. football. wales manager ryan giggs' second match in charge ended in a 1—0 defeat to uruguay in the china cup final. with only two places separating the sides in the world rankings it was a tight affair in nanning. wales had more shots on target than the south americans. but edinson cavani was the difference, marking his 100th appearance for his country early in the second half with the only goal of the game. stoke city's jack butland will start in goal for england in their friendly against
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italy tomorrow night. manager gareth southgate confirmed butland's selection this afternoon. this will be england's last match before the squad for the world cup finals in russia is announced, but the manager says those that haven't featured this week, including injured midfielder jack wilshere, do still have a chance of making the squad. i don't think it is too late for anybody, it is more difficult because there are a couple of guys that have been in squads that have not played for us but we'll still be monitoring everybody between now and the end of the season because there is a squad of 31, 32 players that would be in contention and none of us know what will happen over the next eight to ten weeks. with the number of injuries in rugby union consistently on the rise, bosses have formulated an eight—point plan to make the game safer. concussion remains the most reported
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match injury along with a recent spike in incidents involving aritifical surfaces. among the new measures, the current permissible height of tackling will come under consideration. former england and lions wing ugo monye told 5 live rugby union weekly podcast that the level of physicality in the modern game is unprecedented. i look at rugby and i commentate on by. i think, how did i ever play this sport? i know it is changed and it's got more physical and there was no contact in the game but the physicality, what these guys are putting themselves through every single week isjust phenomenal. the 2028 ryder cup will be hosted at hazeltine national in minnesota. the course was the site of usa's victory in 2016. it will be the first american venue to hold the event between the us and europe's top golfers for a second time. that's all from sportsday. coming up in a moment, the papers. hello and welcome to our look ahead
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to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are dia chakravarty, brexit editor at the daily telegraph and joe watts, political editor at the independent. welcome to you both. many of tomorrow's front pages are already in. the ft leads with the united statesjoining forces with europe to expel russian diplomats in support of the uk over the salisbury nerve agent attack. the i has the same story — the paper says russia has warned the west it will strike back.
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the metro has president putin wagging his finger on its front page, and reminds readers today's actions are the biggest mass expulsion in history. the mirror has the same story — but also features a photo of overcrowding at an a&e department in a nottingham hospital. back to the expulsion of russian diplomats on the front page of the express. the guardian has a picture of the demonstrations at westminster today about the labour party's handling of anti—semitism in the party. the times leads with that story too, with a warning from mps that it could destroy labour. as does the daily mail which also reports on the protests. lots of russia inevitably on the front pages. let's have a closer look. dia, starting with the
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financial times, washington takes lead as britain's allies expel 100 russian diplomats. we have really seen a coordinated diplomatic offensive today, haven't we? that's right, the ft are calling ita we? that's right, the ft are calling it a big coup for theresa may as thisjoint effort goes it a big coup for theresa may as this joint effort goes forward. as you mentioned, the us is leading the way with 60 diplomats being expelled along with the seattle consulate being closed down as well. is quite clear president trump... he has made it clear in the statement from the white house it's notjust about the salisbury poisoning either. they are looking at russia's concerted effort in trying to divide the west and trying to fiddle with elections etc, and this is a reaction to that as well. in the same report it also says non—nato members like ukraine, finland, sweden have joined says non—nato members like ukraine, finland, sweden havejoined in and even italy, which is not known for
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being particularly anti—russian in its sentiment and it has expelled two diplomats. joe, i thought it was interesting in the ft that it says the us has taken this action to expel 60 diplomats, not only in response to the salisbury attack. yes, of course. the us has also already put its own sanctions on russia and did that around the same time as the uk expelled its diplomats a couple of weeks ago. i think what we see is the fact that salisbury has been used as a sort of linchpin. yes, it was theresa may that first came out and pinned the uk reaction to that but as she set out in her original statement, it is about a pattern of russian behaviour that western countries have identified as being maligned and disruptive, and that includes alexander litvinenko, crimea, it even goes as far back as the invasion of georgia as well. this has been coming for a long time and you feel like the


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