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Australia player in match-fixing revelation on eve of final Test

19 August 2009

LONDON, England -- As reported by the (London) Times: "The spectre of match-fixing reared its head over the Ashes series last night after an Australia player reported an approach from a man believed to have links with an underground gambling network.

"The tour management immediately passed on the details to the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), which was established in the wake of the Hansie Cronje scandal at the turn of the decade.

"The unnamed player was drawn into a conversation at the bar of the team hotel — the Royal Kensington Garden in London — after Australia had lost the second Test at Lord's last month, but it is understood that talk did not get as far as money and misdeeds before his suspicions were aroused.

"An ECB spokesman said that no England player has been approached during the Ashes or the World Twenty20, staged in the country in June, when cricketers from elsewhere are thought to have been targeted.

"...One leading British bookmaker said that as much as £10 million is expected to be wagered on the match that will decide the series and the revelations yesterday are a call for vigilance after Sir Paul Condon, the ACSU chairman, described the growth of the 20-over format as posing the greatest threat to cricket's integrity since Cronje and others were handed life bans for their involvement with bookmakers..."

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