Extreme pace bowling has been thrilling crowds but scaring batters since the Bodyline tour of the 1930s.
If the Australian cricketers involved in a ball-tampering scandal manage to return to the game, and do so triumphantly, it is likely they will be forgiven – and some may even forget their role in it.
There are all sorts of ways of making a cricket ball swing, but Australia’s players chose an illegal one.
Australia’s cricketers were once known as tough but fair, but the latest ball tampering scandal has many asking how some of the leading players could have stooped so low.
Altering the condition of the match ball is against the rules of the sport, contrary to ‘the spirit of cricket’, and deemed to be ‘unfair’. It is a form of cheating.