• noun the practice of deliberately and illegally altering the condition of the ball in order to gain competitive advantage
    Citation ‘There were disputes, a rumbling sequence of them, as allegations were made of ball-tampering by Pakistan’s fast bowlers and of partiality by England’s umpires’ (Scyld Berry, Wisden 1994)
    Citation ‘Ball-doctoring accusations have been going on for decades – ever since Denis Compton wore Brylcream 50 years ago – and I am sure most of them are true’ (Barry Richards, Sunday Mail [Brisbane] 17 November 1991)
    Citation ‘Sky television, which had more than two dozen cameras following play, failed to uncover any evidence of ball-tampering’ (Lawrence Booth, Guardian 21 August 2006)
    See also reverse swing