Melbourne — The Australian media has hit out over the ball-tampering scandal, describing it as a dark day for the sport, as critics slammed the players for being out of touch with a furious public. The issue has dominated news headlines, and captain Steve Smith and his teammates were widely condemned. "We now find we have sent a squad of cricketers, pockets stuffed with money, tape and pitch litter, determined to stretch the game’s rules and etiquette until there is nothing left to do but cheat," wrote Patrick Smith in The Australian. "They came to a point where ‘the line’ could no longer be pushed any further validly and without a serious breach of rules." ABC senior commentator Jim Maxwell said he was "more and more offended by the arrogance of some of the players in the way they behave". AFP

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00.