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ing a 12-game streak. It was the Pistons longest such stretc

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Whether or not Faf du Plessis applied an artificial substance to the ball in Hobart was irrelevant, David Warner said on Tuesday. Thomas Muller Bayern Munich Jersey . And, to the series outcome, perhaps that is true. But that du Plessis was that evening found guilty enough of ball-tampering to cop a fine was anything but irrelevant to crickets bigger picture.Under the Laws of Cricket - Law 42.3, to be precise - players are allowed to polish the ball provided that no artificial substance is used. Du Plessis second conviction in three years - and South Africas third - is a warning to the rest that there will be a crackdown on this law, even though there is no clarity on what, for crickets purposes, constitutes an artificial substance.Broadly speaking, we all have some idea that shoe polish is synthetic and saliva is natural but what if the shoe polish is mixed with saliva? How much of the synthetic substance needs to mix with the natural one for all of it to be deemed artificial? And what if the artificial substance is food? Organic food? The wording of the law is too vague.As Jason Gillespie said in an interview on these pages, Its a tough one because in the laws of the game it says, technically, no one should be able to have anything in their mouth on the ground. You shouldnt be able to have any lollies, chewing gum, anything. I mean how far do we want to go? You cant have a Gatorade or whatever power drink they have because its got sugar in it. So everyone, just drink water. Where do you want to go with it?Gillespie is one of several former players to support the storm in a teacup argument over the shining of the ball. It is actually just accepted and isnt a big deal, Matt Prior said on Twitter, while Sourav Ganguly told ESPNcricinfos Match Day du Plessis, is not the first person who has done it and I dont think he will be the last.That was what South Africa were hoping would get du Plessis out of trouble. They are understood to have used the everybody-does-it defense. They produced footage of several high-profile players, including Virat Kohli and David Warner, using saliva that could have come into contact with an artificial substance on the ball.Neither example is as blatant as du Plessis: Kohli rubs something close to his teeth and for a split-second there seems to be gum visible, while Warner applies a lip balm and then receives the ball after the next delivery to polish. For the ICC to investigate those clips and lay a charge, the matter should have been brought to its notice within five days of the event*. Consider the similarity to the seatbelt law. Hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of drivers and passengers choose not to buckle up and when they are caught, they are fined because they are guilty of an offense. Even if youre an advocate for freedom of choice, or you fervently believe the seatbelt wont save your life, or you just forgot to put it on, you are still guilty, and will be sanctioned, and so will everyone else who is caught.But perhaps the dossier du Plessis defence produced - and the comments from former players - will prompt a thorough enquiry. It may even lead to a realisation that a law becomes redundant if it is so openly flouted. Or perhaps it will just cause those players to become even more discreet, particularly the South Africans.They are only team to be caught in the past three years and every time, it has been by broadcast cameras. There is one school of thought that du Plessis would not have found himself charged if only South Africa hid their actions as well as other teams. He has just been a bit stupid, Ganguly said. Maybe because he was ignorant that the camera was on him. He could have done it differently.In this case, if du Plessis had had the sweet under his tongue, for instance, he would have got away with it completely. The on-field umpires, who check the ball after every over to assess its condition, did not detect anything amiss. However, it is interesting to note that all three umpires were strong in telling the hearing that had they seen du Plessis actions on field, they would have taken action immediately. At least the officials and the administrators are in sync, even if the players are not.All that leaves the ICC with a problem. One of their own laws is being flouted because players have found ways to skirt around it. Clearly, some players view it as a law that exists just for the sake of it. If players are happy to break it so long as no-one gets caught, there is obviously a problem. If the ICC is serious about enforcing its law, they need to make better efforts to clamp down, as they did with illegal bowling actions. Otherwise, they could accept that some form of working the ball will take place and make room for that within the laws.Perhaps that is the most reasonable solution. In any case, most players arent sure how an artificial substance actually affects the way the ball moves. Im no expert in the science of how a sugary sweet will impact on the aerodynamics of a cricket ball. I wouldnt have a clue, Gillespie confessed.So here is a left-field thought: someone could try to find out. Scientific research could be conducted into what substances have an effect on the ball, and whether such effects are significant enough to justify the laws existence. Perhaps cricket would end up with a list of banned substances, as WADA does with doping. But that has its own problems in terms of practicality.The issue is a hazy one, but if this hearing brings any sort of clarity it will prove a landmark moment indeed.*1215GMT The piece has been altered to clarify the ICC process regarding the Kohli and Warner footage Mitchell Weiser Bayern Munich Jersey . 8 Kansas to a 64-63 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night. The freshman from Vaughan, Ont. Milos Pantovic Jersey . -- Arizona raced out to a big lead and did not back off, hitting the accelerator instead. ... ch-jersey/ . No. 13-seeded John Isner and No. 21 Philipp Kohlschreiber were among six players who dropped out of the tournament on Tuesday, joining No. 12 seed Tommy Haas and two other players who withdrew on Monday. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Indiana Pacers hope a renewed emphasis on defense will help turn their season around.Paul George scored 26 points and Indiana held Detroit to 38 percent shooting in a 105-90 win over the Pistons on Saturday.Weve got to be a consistent and well-coached defensive team, said George, who also had seven rebounds and two steals. Its the consistency that we have to match every night.Jeff Teague had 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Pacers, who snapped a two-game losing streak and beat the Pistons for the third straight time. Glenn Robinson III added 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young also scored 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting.Indiana had six players score in double figures and shot 48 percent from the field. But it was near the bottom of the NBA in scoring defense coming into the day, so it was its work on that side of the court that was so encouraging for George and company.Offensively, well make shots, George said. But defensively, thats got to be us.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 20 points for Detroit, and Reggie Jackson finished with 19 points and 10 assists. Tobias Harris added 13 points, and Andre Drummond grabbed 15 rebounds.The Pistons have lost three of their last four games, dropping into last place in the Central Division in the Eastern Conference.Were not in a good place right now, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. We have to get it back together.Detroit jumped out to an early nine-point lead, but George hit a 3-pointer to help Indiana to a 27-26 lead after one.The Pacers kept up the pressure in the second quarter and led 55-44 at the break. Sebastian Rode Bayern Munich Jersey. . George and Teague each scored 14 in the first half.Indiana opened a 64-45 lead on Teagues jumper in the third. Detroit cut the deficit to 11 late in the period, but Georges 3-pointer gave Indiana an 83-69 advantage heading to the fourth.We always want to be aggressive attacking the basket, Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. If your attack forces them to commit to the ball, then you move the ball, its a simple basketball game.TIP-INSPacers: Rodney Stuckey (sore left hamstring) and Monte Ellis (right groin strain) did not play. ... Indiana improved to 7-2 in its last nine games at the Palace. ... The Pacers entered Saturday allowing their opponents to average 106.4 points per game.Pistons: Detroit allowed an opponent to score more than 100 points at the Palace for the first time this season, snapping a 12-game streak. It was the Pistons longest such stretch to begin a season since 2003-04. Weve been a pretty good defensive team throughout the season, Jackson said. We just havent been good as of late. ... Detroit is 8-5 at home after starting the season 5-0.CONNECTIONSRobinson III played college ball at Michigan from 2012-14. ... Stuckey was a first-round draft pick of the Pistons in 2007 and played with Detroit through 2014. ... Pistons assistant coach Tim Hardaway played with Indiana in 2002-03.UP NEXTPacers: At home Monday vs. Washington.Pistons: At Chicago on Monday. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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