Sri Lanka accuses Oz bowlers of 'ball tampering' during Hobart Test

Sydney, Dec 18(ANI): Sri Lanka team management has accused Australia bowlers of picking at the seam on two occasions as explosive ball-tampering allegations broke out on Tuesday in the first Test at Blundstone Arena.

Sri Lanka team manager Charith Senanayake said it is the tourists' understanding that International Cricket Council (ICC) match-referee Chris Broad had begun inquiry into Australia tampering with the ball after raising concerns with Broad following play on day three.

The ICC said via statement on Tuesday that Broad has been made aware of a claim against Siddle, which appeared in a Sri Lankan media report.

The report alleges broadcast cameras may have captured Siddle using his fingernails to raise the seam of the ball in the 88th over of Sri Lanka's first innings when bowling to wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene.

A still picture of the alleged ball-tampering incident has since been making the rounds on social media, but a second tampering allegation has now surfaced, with Senanayake revealing there was a separate incident early in Sri Lanka's first innings following the dismissal of opener Dimuth Karunaratne.

"It didn't just happen in the 88th over (bowled by Siddle), it also happened at the beginning of the innings when our first opener got out ... they (Australia) were picking the seam," News.com.au quoted Senanayake, as saying.

"I just told the match referee what I saw on the TV, everybody saw it, I raised my concerns with the match referee. If you are asking did I speak to the match referee, yes I did," he added.

"I went straight into his room when the match was over and asked him if he is watching the same game I am watching. The guy (Broad) said, 'Yes, we have seen it' and I left it at that. There has been no formal complaint, but I did raise a concern, that is the truth," he said.

Asked if Broad had begun a probe of the alleged incidents, Senanayake said: "That's what he said he would do, he mentioned that he had spoken to the Australian team. I don't know what he is going to do. We brought it to his attention, that's all."

Cricket Australia and team management have yet to comment on the matter. (ANI)

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