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    August 09, 2007

    The jellybean thingie

    The other aspect of the Trent Bridge test which is intriguing is the whole deal with jellybeans on the pitch when Zaheer Khan came out to bat.

    It has been suggested in several forums that England were implying that Zaheer was tampering with the ball by using jelly beans. In the 2004 VB Series in Australia, Rahul Dravid was fined for rubbing a lozenge on the ball. See the evidence on YouTube.

    Ian Bell, Matt Prior and Alastair Cook (among other England cricketers) have said that the team typically has jellybeans with them to chew on and some might have accidentally (or playfully, deliberately) dropped on the pitch. Well, in that case, there're two problems:
    1. England were potentially rubbing jellybeans on the ball to get it to swing
    2. England were guilty of putting foreign objects on the pitch, thereby effectively tampering with the pitch.

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