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Australians approached for pitch information in India

Two Australian players and coach John Buchanan were approached for pitch and tactical information during the recent Indian tour, Australian Cricket Board Chief Executive Malcolm Speed said on Tuesday.

The approaches came by telephone on the fifth day of the Madras Test, the second game in the three Test series against India in March, Speed told a news conference.

ACB chief executive Malcolm Speed "On the (fifth) morning of that Test match, two players, Adam Gilchrist and Colin Miller, and the team coach John Buchanan, received telephone calls from a male person seeking details of how they saw the state of the match, how they saw the state of the pitch, and their thoughts on the likely outcome of the match," Speed said.

"Each of the two players and the coach terminated the call immediately. They reported it to the team manager.

"The team manager reported it to me. I reported it to the ICC (International Cricket Council) anti-corruption unit for investigation," he added.

Many recent matchfixing allegations which have rocked the cricket world have centred on players being paid by bookmakers for information on pitches and playing conditions.

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