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Allegations of ball tampering made against Australians

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Siddle in ball-tampering claim

Sri Lankan media have accused Peter Siddle of picking at the seam of the ball after an image allegedly taken from the first match in Hobart surfaced on social media.

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Australia's bowlers have become embroiled in allegations over ball tampering in the first Test in Hobart.

The allegations, first published in Sri Lanka media, relate to an incident on Sunday afternoon during Sri Lanka's first innings.

All that happened is we have had informal chats with the match referee about what happened about what we saw on TV -- everybody saw it -- and we just asked what action are you going to do about it, that's all 

Newspaper the Daily News claimed two "prominent Australians" were noticed picking the seam.

Seam pick? Screengrab of the alleged incident from Sunday's play that is cirulating on Twitter.

Seam pick? Screengrab of the alleged incident from Sunday's play that is cirulating on Twitter.

"It is hoped that an inquiry will be held and that if the story is true, appropriate action will be taken and the culprits exposed," the report read.

The incident was shown on the television coverage during the 88th over of the Sri Lankan innings bowled by Peter Siddle, although it is not known whether it occured during that over or was a replay from earlier overs.

The tourists' team manager Charith Senanayake said he had spoken with the International Cricket Council officials about the matter.

"All that happened is we have had informal chats with the match referee about what happened about what we saw on TV -- everybody saw it -- and we just asked what action are you going to do about it, that's all," Senanayake told The Australian.

"It's unofficial, but it's on video and the whole world has seen it so let's see what action they will take."

The ICC has said Broad was aware of the media reports from Sri Lanka on the issue but no official complaint has been made.

"ICC match referee Chris Broad is aware of the media reports coming out of Sri Lanka on the ball issue. The Sri Lankan team has made no official complaint about the ball," said an ICC statement.

There have been TV stills allegedly of the incident circulating on Twitter on Tuesday.

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