BECAUSE I have some previous experience when it comes to ball tampering, I am in no position to condemn any of the Proteas for an action that is now regarded as cheating. I would rather put my own two cents worth into a serious debate on the merits of allowing fielding sides to interfere with the condition of the ball. My own favourite ruse was to switch a newer ball for one that had come to the end of its useful life, at least as far as the bowlers were concerned. This was easily achieved in a variety of methods. A ball would be left behind a mobile sightscreen. A bowler would “decide” to bowl round the wicket and a couple of helpful fielders would offer to move the sightscreen and take the opportunity to swop balls.