England suspected ball tampering in the Ashes

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"That is very disappointing, because we're used to the ball seaming around, we're used to it swinging, and at no stage did anyone get themselves in, and we didn't create any partnerships, which are obviously fundamentals that you need to have to make scores fo 3350, 400-plus and have that scoreboard pressure moving forward".

While Vaughan admitted he was far from innocent during his own days in the field, he deemed the latest controversy, spearheaded by skipper Steve Smith, as comeuppance for Australia's persistent defiance of the "gentleman's game" code of conduct.

Stuart Broad, who is now in New Zealand playing the first Test against New Zealand in Auckland, said that Australia were getting reverse swing in England and couldn't understand why Steve Smith & Co. needed to change the conditions of the ball if it was indeed the first time Australia have indulged in ball-tampering.

It's an approach that stands in stark contrast to the aggression of the Australians, which has been laid bare by the recent ball-tampering scandal that rocked the foundations of the sport.

Looking back to that first afternoon, where England were 23-8 and 27-9, before Craig Overton and James Anderson put on 31 to help them avoid utter embarrassment, Root said they simply didn't adapt quickly enough.

Meanwhile, English fast bowler Stuart Broad said, "Look at the Ashes series that we've just played..."

'I'm pretty sure that it was going on during the Ashes series.

"The guys who are in the limelight have a responsibility to play cricket in the right way".

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"Prior knowledge of the ball tampering incident was limited to three players".

"Too many reputations on the line for the full story not to come out".

They fell 18.5 overs short in the end, having narrowed the deficit to 49, but Root said he was satisfied with the fight his men showed.

He added: "Me thinks the Hole has just got a little deeper & bigger for Cricket Australia", while ex-England star Kevin Pietersen tweeted: "Lehmann never knew", followed by a host of laughing emojis.

The Sydney Morning Herald took a similar tack, claiming the other players had turned on Warner in the belief that he had attempted to "throw them under the bus".

Broad said he had to take Smith's word that they had not used that tactic before.

It quoted sources close to the team as saying the prominent narrative from their interviews with investigators was that the plan was devised by Warner and Bancroft and Smith agreed to it.