The often controversial England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar has made some shocking revelations regarding his team’s suspected ball-tampering methods during the Ashes series campaigns in 2009 and 2011. Monty has detailed in his recently released autobiography how the England players including him would alter the condition of the ball.
“We all tried to change the condition of the ball, because reverse swing has such a huge impact,” Monty said. He said that fellow pacers would instruct him to keep one side of the ball as dry and rough as possible.
“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,” he added indicating a controversial method that resembles ball-tampering strategies.