Controlled ball tampering could rebalance test cricket

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Whilst it was the unlikely hero of Graham Onions who grabbed the headlines for his defiant role in salvaging a draw for England in the third test at Cape Town, the match itself was somewhat overshadowed by rumblings emanating from the South African camp about ball tampering. Although no official complaint was made, England stood accused by their hosts of attempting to doctor the condition of the match ball during the Proteas' second innings.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of this particular incident - and the huge South African total of 447-7 declared would not suggest any advantage was gained - this might be a good time to readdress the position of one of cricket's darkest arts.

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