The former English umpire Ian Gould opens up about the ball-tampering incident that occurred during the Cape Town Test match between Australia and South Africa in 2018. The English umpire revealed in his biography that the attitude of the Australian players looked suspicious even before the Cape Town Test.
He said that the match referees and other match officials were very skeptical about the Australian approach and they were careful about it. "The umpiring team had their suspicions that Australia were working a little too aggressively on the condition of the ball, and they had an informal word with the host broadcaster SuperSport asking that if their camera crew saw anything that looked unusual they should let the umpires know.", Gould wrote.
On the other hand, Cricket Australia has already admitted that they will take strict actions if any other ball-tampering activity will be reported by the officials. Gould reported that before the match, he was notified that something was not right regarding the Australian team.
"A few days before I headed to Cape Town, Chris Gaffaney, the very capable New Zealander who was the third umpire for the first Test in Durban, and had stood with Kumar Dharmasena in Port Elizabeth in the second match, left a message on my phone, warning me that things were starting to get a little bit out of hand," Gould wrote.