Originally posted by @blood-on-the-tracks
That would be the Aussie defence, Bob
The huge difference is that the Aussie cheats took a piece of sandpaper out , in the pocket of a junior player, to significantly alter the surface of the ball.
Faf, and any others that I know of, have used fingernails, spit after sucking sugary sweets etc.
You not seeing the difference?
And c ...[text shortened]... th and co decided to turn on the waterworks at the press conference?
Because they got caught?
Ball Tampering is Ball Tampering.
How it’s done is irrelevant.
The law is nothing artificial, and no fingernails.
It’s like saying that murder by strangulation is less of an offence than murder by gunshot.
Both murder. Same penalty should apply.
But, the difference was the hyperbolic sanctimony in the reaction to it happening.
Admittedly, many Australians bring this sort of thing on themselves with their arrogance and holier than thou BS (including one particular poster here).
But the ICC sanction of 1 game - which was applied, and the humiliation of losing the captaincy and vice captaincy was in keeping with the established standard punishment for this offence previously Across the cricketing world. 1 year ? Please.
As for the crying - Emotional I guess. The stoic “stiff upper lip” type has been eroded out of western society for a few years now. It’s okay for men to show their emotional side. I’ve seen blokes cry for less....