Апреля 24 2018

Cricket Australia verdict: Warner hatched ball-tampering plan, Bancroft used sandpaper

Апреля 24 2018, 06:58 | Van Peters

Vice-captain David Warner was one of the leadership group who decided to cheat in the test against South Africa

Vice-captain David Warner was one of the leadership group who decided to cheat in the test against South Africa

"They go to the integrity and reputation of Australian Cricket and Australian sport and the penalties must reflect that", he said.

According to cricket.com.au, the CA Board, comprised of Chairman David Peever, Earl Eddings, Dr Bob Every, John Harnden, Tony Harrison, Jacquie Hey and Michelle Tredenick as well as former Test players Mark Taylor and Michael Kasprowicz, convened for two-and-a-half hours on Wednesday to determine the sanctions imposed on the guilty three.

"The players have made a grave mistake but they are not bad people".

The hysteria has gone world wide, and everyone that dislikes the way the Australian cricket team has played, and over the past five or so years there have been rumblings about the way this team has gone about things, have been given the opportunity to lay the boots in. That is why the process has had to be thorough to ensure that all relevant issues have been examined.

Warner had already been identified as the chief culprit in the plot by Australian media, which said he had completely fallen out with his teammates.

"Are there levels of ball tampering, or is it just ball tampering?"

Looking at the case of Australia's shamed skipper, the newspaper says that "Smith could unravel in exile".

"I feel sorry for the fact they will have to live with this for the rest of their lives especially given the status they hold in cricket. Now they are anxious about him". "They're playing for Australia, so that's important".

"The list of players who have been charged with ball-tampering is long and contains some of the biggest names in the game".

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The ball tampering plan could be seen as being nearly comical if it hadn't destroyed reputations and possibly careers. We were waiting for the decision of Cricket Australia. Barrett says: "From golden boy to one of the masterminds of one of Australian cricket's lowest ever moments - and all in the space of four days".

The role of head coach Darren Lehmann has come under scrutiny, but he is set to continue in his position after CA's investigation identified Smith, Warner and Bancroft as the only members of the touring party with knowledge of the ball-tampering plan. You either ball tamper or you don't.

Steve Smith has admitted he oversaw a plot to change the condition of the ball during the third Test loss to South Africa in Cape Town and Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera hiding sticky tape, which he had used in an attempt to manipulate the ball with debris from the pitch, down his pants at Newlands on Saturday.

At 31, Warner may never play for Australia again.

Captain Steve Smith and his deputy Warner were banned from worldwide and Australian domestic cricket for a year by CA on Wednesday for their part in the scandal.

India are touring Australia down under next year. Bancroft, caught on TV appearing to rub yellow tape on the ball, admitted trying to change its condition while Smith said the team's "leadership group knew about it".

Joe Burns and Glenn Maxwell have also flown out to Johannesburg as replacements for the disgraced trio of Warner, Smith and Bancroft.

The scandal will also hit the players hard in the pocket, with Smith and Warner losing their contracts in the IPL, Smith with the Rajasthan Royals and Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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