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Bayliss claimed the umpires told him there was nothing in the suggestions, which were first aired by commentators on Channel 9 and then picked up by other sections of the Australian media.

The ICC and umpires have confirmed that no action will be taken against Anderson or England but did indicate that both teams had been warned to stop attempting to scuff one side of the ball to get it to reverse swing. The words they used were it was a "beat up" and that it is absolutely fine.

Bayliss added: "I know at different times [the ICC] have tried to stamp it out, especially in the white ball games".

If that wasn't a grave concern to be anxious about for the Aussies, television cameras captured Anderson nailing the quarter-seam of the ball that runs down the face of the ball.

According to Bayliss the umpires had seen the action and believed it to be within the rules. There is a bit of dirt and mud on the outfield that does get on the ball and the seams and you are allowed to clean it off. I am sure that is not the case.

On the local coverage of the story, England's Australian coach added: "We've had a good couple of days and there hasn't been much positive press from their point of view".

"It is a little bit more "pommie bashing". You've got to laugh it off and put up with it".

"You do what Stuart Broad has just done here, you show the umpire".

Former Aussie star Shane Warne suggested Anderson's use of the nail would "get people talking" and another ex-Test star Mike Hussey said he could have "explaining to do". "There was no problem at all, they said".

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Root was shown to be sucking candies on the BT Sport coverage but with England cleared of any wrongdoing, it is unlikely to go further.

Mitchell Johnson raised questions on how England were able to extract reverse swing after only 10 overs.

Umpires Kumar Dharmasena and S Ravi spoke with England captain Joe Root, but they were satisfied that nothing improper had taken place and the ball was not changed.

"No problem with the ball being thrown at the stumps by both teams as long as that's all it is!" "Every team in the world does that". Both teams have taken it on board.

"From what I have seen I don't think there is a great deal in it".

"The umpires have got absolutely no problem with it at all. And his words were it was a "beat up", and nothing wrong with it".

"Are you saying it's okay to tamper with the ball?"

Drop-in squares at modern Australian cricket grounds are lusher than a natural cricket square. The practice of using the abrasive centre-wicket block to help rough up one side of the ball is frowned upon but widely used. It is why David Warner was so subdued as Australia battled to hang in. "They were players once too", Bayliss said tersely. "As soon as I saw the headlines on the Channel Nine news, I raced in to see the umpires - as quick as I can run, anyway - and they must have already seen it". Once it gets a few marks on it you hope it starts to reverse.


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