Yep - I'm not defending Smith & Warner, but double standards, nay - hypocrisy from the poms.
Michael Atherton, 1994
In the "dirt in pocket" affair, then England captain Michael Atherton was accused of ball tampering during a Test match with South Africa at Lord's in 1994, after television cameras caught Atherton reaching into his pocket and then rubbing a substance on the ball. Atherton denied ball tampering, claiming that he had dirt in his pocket which he used to dry his hands. He was also accused of lying to the match referee. Atherton was summoned to the match referee and was fined £2,000 (£3,900 today) for failing to disclose the dirt to the match referee.
England cricket team, 2005
Marcus Trescothick admitted in his autobiography, Coming Back to Me, that he used mints to shine the ball to produce more swing: "It was my job to keep the shine on the new ball for as long as possible with a bit of spit and a lot of polish. And through trial and error I finally settled on the type of spit for the task at hand. It had been common knowledge in county cricket for some time that certain sweets produced saliva which, when applied to the ball for cleaning purposes, enabled it to keep its shine for longer and therefore its swing." He found Murray Mints worked the best.
The admission came three years after the conclusion of the 2005 Ashes series, in which England beat Australia, 2–1.
James Anderson and Stuart Broad, 2010
In January 2010, England bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson were accused of ball tampering by stopping the ball with the spikes of their boots in the third Test Match against South Africa. Broad maintained that he was just being lazy, because it was 40 degrees Celsius in Cape Town that day. Andy Flower said in his defence that "the scoreline suggested that there was obviously no ball tampering." Nasser Hussain, who had captained Anderson, said: "Stuart Broad and James Anderson were wrong to behave in the manner they did and I've no doubt that if a player from another country did the same we'd have said they were cheating
Monty Panesar admits to using mints and sun cream for ‘ball-tampering’ while playing for England
“It’s not cheating, it’s like bending the rules,” he told talkSPORT. “It’s like when we pay our taxes we always have loopholes. We go to the accountant and he says he can do this and do that, which is all acceptable but just bending the rules.
“I used to get a mint, this sugar, and put it in my mouth. I’d be down at fine leg, mix the sugar and saliva together, come up to mid-on pass the ball and start shining it up.
“The ball would be hooping everywhere and we would be off the field very quickly and everyone is happy.