Cricket Diary: Twelfth Man

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The Independent Online
FOR openers, Peter Hacker, who was 12th man in the first-class bowling averages in 1980. Of the ball-tampering controversy, restoked by Imran Khan in his biography, Hacker, 41, ex-Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, said: 'It's always gone on. Reverse swing's new but lifting the seam and putting lip salve and vaseline on it are as old as the hills. I wasn't much good at it but I used to grow a thumb nail specially. I shouldn't think there's a way of stopping it.'