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Finch says Zampa does not ball tamper

Australia captain insists spinner Adam uses hand warmers during games.

Australia’s Adam Zampa was defended by Aaron Finch after the loss to India (AP)
Australia’s Adam Zampa was defended by Aaron Finch after the loss to India (AP)

Aaron Finch has dismissed out of hand accusations of ball tampering against Australia spinner Adam Zampa.

Footage of Zampa has some social media users questioning whether the spin bowler had somehow doctored the ball as Australia lost by 36 runs to India in Sunday’s World Cup clash at The Oval.

But captain Finch scotched that talk, explaining Zampa carries hand warmers in his pocket.

On a day when India skipper Virat Kohli called on fans not to abuse Steve Smith over his previous ball-tampering ban, Finch insisted there is no issue at all concerning Zampa.

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Australia’s Adam Zampa was defended by Aaron Finch after the loss to India (Simon Cooper/PA)

“I haven’t seen the photos so I can’t comment,” said Finch.

“But I know he has hand warmers in his pocket, he has them every single game.”

India’s second World Cup win forced Australia to admit defeat in the tournament for the first time, in their third encounter of the round robin group stage.

PA

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