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Cricket Australia to assist probe into alleged spot-fixing on third Ashes Test in Perth

Cricket Australia will cooperate with the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit investigation into allegations of spot-fixing in the third Ashes Test.

The Sun newspaper published purported evidence of bookmakers offering to sell details of passages of play for betting purposes, so-called spot-fixing for the match between Australia and England in Perth that started on Thursday.

“Before match, I will tell you this over, this runs and then you have to put all the bets on that over [sic],” a man, who the newspaper claims is a bookmaker, says in undercover video footage.

During the video, information on fixes are heard to be worth around $150,000 (£85,000).

An ECB statement read: “We work closely with the ICC and their Anti-Corruption unit to protect the integrity of the international game.

“We are aware of these allegations and there is no suggestion that any of the England team is involved in any way.”

There is also mention in The Sun‘s story of allegations of fixing “four to five” Big Bash League matches in the Australian Twenty20 domestic competition.

The ICC added: “We take all allegations of corruption seriously and welcome The Sun’s offer to share this information.”

A Cricket Australia spokesperson said in a statement: “The allegations raised by media outlets are of serious concern. Cricket Australia takes a zero-tolerance approach against anybody trying to bring the game into disrepute.

“Cricket Australia will co-operate fully with any ICC investigation. Australian cricket has a long-standing, proactive approach to sports integrity management and Cricket Australia has a dedicated Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) to prevent corruption within Australian domestic competitions, including the BBL.

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“In addition to this, all players participating in CA-sanctioned competitions, including the BBL, are required to complete an anti-corruption education session before they can compete.

“CA works closely with the ICC ACU on all international fixtures played in Australia. Players are able to report any suspicions they have on a confidential basis and in the past, there has been a strong Australian player culture to do so.”

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