It is a dark day for Australian cricket as Captain Steve Smith and Vice-captain David Warner were handed a one-year ban by Cricket Australia amid the ball-tampering incident.
The player who carried out this whole incident, Cameron Bancroft, was handed a nine-month ban by cricket Australia.
Smith who is 28 years old is currently the No.1 batsman in tests with a staggering average of 61.37 in 64 tests. While David Warner does not lack behind as he averages 48.20 in 74 tests. Cameron Bancroft the Australian opener follows as he holds an average of 30.92.
Steve Smith had admitted in a press-conference that the team’s “leadership group” knew about the incident. Maybe he admitted it to save a young Bancroft from taking all the heat but what he did not know that his world was going to come crashing down on him and it did.
After this humiliating incident all three players were sent home and they will not take part in the fourth and final test Vs South Africa. Of the three Cricket Australia has come down hard on David Warner as he will never be able to represent Australia in a leadership position even after his 1 year ban is lifted.
Although hard to believe, the Australian team coach Darren Lehman was not charged as after Cricket Australia’s investigation it was concluded that he was not involved in any of that.
Former players and especially Australian Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has come down hard on the matter as he expressed his disappointment in the Australian team.
This incident has also affected IPL which is scheduled to start on April 7th. Both these players will not be a part of this IPL although, they will be available for selection next year.
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