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James Sutherland: No evidence of corruption

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Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland has emphatically denied there is any evidence of corruption for the Third Test.

News broke this morning, courtesy of the UK Sun, suggesting two bookmakers have offered to sell details of rigged periods of play during the third Ashes Test between Australia and England.

It has also implied one Australian player is involved.

James Sutherland says there is no substance to the claims.

“We just had a conference call briefed by head of ICC Anti-Corruption Unit Alex Marshall – there is no evidence, substance or justification based on the dossier of information the ICC has received from the news outlet.

“There is no justification to suspect this test match or the Ashes series as a whole is subject to corrupt activities.

“There is no evidence to suggest any player from either side, or match official are in any way under suspicion of or been in contact with alleged fixers.”

Sutherland suggested ICC Anti-Corruption Unit head Alex Marshall will hold a press conference in due course, possibly later today.