How this doesn't go through the entire team is beyond me. The bowlers would have to have known the ball was in a different state. As a bowler, you are constantly looking at the ball.
The ball was not actually in a different state, the umpires inspected it and decided that it was not altered. This is why there was no five run penalty and offer of replacement balls to the batsmen, that doesn't apply when the offence is only attempted
The big problem is not the actual attempted act, but the intent.
Just a different perspective, in terms of mind games and sledging. Game set and match, South Africa.
Completely. They have always been way ahead of Australia in that area, CSA is run by Afrikaaners who are the most ruthlessly calculated misanthropes you will ever meet.
Cricket Australia aren't responsible for the Afrikaaners that run CSA, but they do deserve to take the blame for not taking more decisive actions at a number of points throughout the series which could have limited further escalation or at least contained the impact of it.
They should have appealed Warner's Level 2 charge in the first Test, but they didn't.
They should have put the team on the bus after Rabada's assault on Smith did not result in him being sent off the field immediately, but they didn't.
They should have abandoned the series when Smith was not permitted to give evidence for Rabada's appeal or at least when the suspension was overturned, but they didn't.
They should have forfeited the Third Test result and abandoned the series after the attempted ball tampering incident, but they didn't.
They should have given South Africa an ultimatum to make the final Test a 'clean' match between only players with no demerit points or else the series would be abandoned (not forfeited, abandoned with no result and future bilateral series suspended until South Africa recognise the same), but they didn't. The one thing that would force the Afrikaaners in charge of CSA to comply is a threat to their balance sheet, they need us more than we need them.
Now the only chance to regain the initiative lies in the desperate hope of a player strike.
Is the problem that Cricket Australia has become too large and unwieldy, while the smaller national boards are more agile? India showed the world how gutless CA had become by calling their bluff in the Monkeygate incident, and Sri Lanka has run rings around us in the past too.
CA needs their players to get nicer to solve the public image problem, but it needs to be accompanied by the organisation taking on the responsibility of refusing to keep being treated like doormats and some more muscle behind the scenes. If the players know they will be backed, they can relax a little more on the field knowing that daddy will take care of matters.