TV director reveals how he caught Australian cricketers cheating

Alvin Naiker, head of production at South African network SuperSport, has revealed it was a 'pure coincidence' that he caught Bancroft

Alvin Naiker, head of production at South African network SuperSport, has revealed it was a 'pure coincidence' that he caught Bancroft

The eagle-eyed TV director who filmed the Australian cricket team cheat against South Africa has revealed it was 'total fluke' that he caught them in the act. 

Last Saturday, batsman Cameron Bancroft, 25, was caught pulling sandpaper from his pocket and rubbing it on the ball to illegally gain an advantage.

Footage of him holding the sandpaper was broadcast around the world, forcing the disgraced Australians to admit to cheating in a scandal which has rocked the nation.

Today, Alvin Naiker, head of production at South African network SuperSport, has revealed it was a 'pure coincidence' that he caught Bancroft red-handed.

He said he only asked his cameraman to film the players shining the ball because it made 'good footage' before noticing something suspicious.

'I saw Bancroft shining the ball and when he threw the ball, in his right hand I could see something in between his fingers - whatever it was he put it in his pocket,' Naiker told the Sunday Herald Sun.

'This was purely coincidence. It wasn't even the cameraman who spotted it, he can't see it on his viewfinder, it was the Slow Motion Operator, who's in charge of replays, and me. 

'He couldn't see it, but we put it on a bigger monitor. I thought OK, I haven't seen this before and we played it back in slow motion.'

Bancroft and Steve Smith admitted that ball tampering had taken place during the action

He was seen running his hand over the ball, before removing a yellow object from his pocket

The Australia player was then spotted putting the object down the front of his trousers

Opening batsman Bancroft was seen running his hand over the ball, before removing a yellow object from his pocket and placing it down the front of his trousers

Bancroft was spoken to by English umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth on Saturday

Bancroft was spoken to by English umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth on Saturday

The pair then played the footage of Bancroft holding sandpaper on TV before it was shown on the big screen at the ground, causing the batsman to panic and embarrassingly shove the paper down his pants.

After the game, the 25-year-old admitted his cheating and said: 'Once I was sighted on the big screens I panicked quite a lot and that resulted in me shoving it down my trousers.

It comes after former vice-captain David Warner's wife blamed herself for his cheating - saying he wanted to win at all costs to silence abuse from fans. 

The abuse largely centred on a 2007 encounter between Candice and rugby star Sonny Bill Williams, which ended with the pair being photographed having sex in the toilet of a Sydney pub. 

Candice Warner, 33, says she blames herself for husband David masterminding the Australian cheating plan in South Africa that saw him suspended and out of millions in wages and sponsorship deals

Candice Warner, 33, says she blames herself for husband David masterminding the Australian cheating plan in South Africa that saw him suspended

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