Air New Zealand Takes a Dig at Australian Team Over Ball-Tampering Scandal
Air New Zealand has taken a sly dig at three Australian cricketers namely Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft after their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal during the 3rd Test against South Africa at the Newlands in Cape Town. A Video posted on their airline’s Facebook Page termed Steve Smith as a “naughty boy” in comparison to the New Zealand cricketers who were playing in a Test series against England “rather nicely’.
“We hear you’re heading home for some time off. This Friday, we’re taking on the Poms again in Christchurch.” How about a masterclass in legal swing bowling,” it said. They also pointed out the chilling temperatures in New Zealand which might be a good way for Smith to escape the heat back home. An invitation to David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were also sent by the airlines during the end of the video.
It has been learned that only Bancroft, Smith and David Warner was aware of the cheating plot. Cameron Bancroft who was caught on camera trying to apply a foreign substance on the match ball. It was a sticky yellow tape which had some granules in it. They wanted to rub it with some pellets and the sticky substance to get some more reverse. However, the Australian bowlers were unaware of the fact which includes the leadership group.
All the three players in all likelihood will face hefty fines and might also face a life ban for their acts. Meanwhile, reports have also emerged that Cricket Australia has suspended the duo for 12 months. However, nothing is clear at this point in time. Smith and Bancroft accepted their mistake in the press conference and made it clear to the world that they had cheated. Smith said he wasn’t proud of what happened as it was certainly not on. It was totally against the spirit of the game. He added that the integrity of him, the leadership group and the whole team has come to question and rightfully so.
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