Bayliss denies ball allegations
Head coach Trevor Bayliss has thrown his full support behind his England side following allegations of ball-tampering at the MCG.
Television cameras showed close-ups of James Anderson working on the ball on day four of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne whilst fellow paceman Stuart Broad was also shown doing the same thing.
England captain Joe Root was spoken to by the umpires earlier on in the day on the subject of the tourists throwing the ball back to the stumps on the half-bounce in an attempt to rough it.
When asked about the possibility of ball-tampering, Bayliss revealed he has spoken to the umpires and insists there is absolutely nothing wrong with what his two senior bowlers did.
"I went to the umpires and there is no problem from their point of view," he told BBC Test Match Special. "You are allowed to clean the ball and they don't see any problem whatsoever.
"I spoke to Kumar Dharmasena and he said to me that with a bit of rain out there there was some mud on the ball and you are allowed to clean the ball. He said 'That is fine, just do it in front of me', which he [Anderson] did.
"It is a little bit more pommie-bashing. We knew we were going to get that when we came here. There is nothing to be concerned about."
Australia reached the close on 103-2, 61 runs behind England, after rain brought a premature end to the day's play.
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