It's just not cricket, or is it?

A strip of sandpaper or ‘Australian sports tape’ went up for auction on Sunday after the Aussie cricket team came under fire for ball tampering during Saturday’s game against South Africa.

The seller’s tongue-in-cheek auction described the item as “perfect for cheating” telling members to “get in quick before Steve Smith buys it all up!”


The auction made headlines around the world, fetching over 260,000 views, 1900 watch lists and 299 hilarious comments before it sold for $58.

The auction closes on Sunday, 1 April at 7:45pm.


Evening Standard (U.K.) - Cricket ball tampering: ‘Perfect for cheating’ Australian sports tape listed on NZ auction site

The Project - Caught red handed (6:15)

Times of India - Auction site lists ‘perfect for cheating’ sandpaper after Australian ball tamper scandal

One News - 'Get in quick before Steve Smith buys it all up' - Kiwi fans mock Aussie ball tamperers

Stuff - Ad for Australian sports tape takes the Mickey out of our crickerting cobblers

Stuff - 'Australian sports tape' suitable for ball tampering sells on Trade Me