Extreme pace bowling has been thrilling crowds but scaring batters since the Bodyline tour of the 1930s.
From Steve Smith's tearful apology to anonymous apps like Whisper, public confessions can be therapeutic, emancipatory, or potentially exploitative.
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.
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.