Aussies Should Take Their Punishment – Graeme Swann
Former England spinner Graeme Swann believes the Aussies should accept their punishment. Recently, Australia Cricket Association had asked Cricket Australia to reduce the bans of Smith, Warner, and Bancroft. Cricket Australia had conducted the cultural review of the ball-tampering scandal which found out that the administrators were equally responsible for the incident.
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Meanwhile, Graeme Swann thinks the banned trio should take the bans to their chins. Swann also believes the trio should consider themselves lucky that they got banned for only a year.
Graeme Swann said while talking to the Cricketer, “The players’ association shouldn’t have appealed. Take your punishment. Admit you were hideously in the wrong. Admit the verbiage that ‘there was a line that we didn’t cross’ (which left everybody wide-eyed in disbelief at their audacity) was wrong.
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On the other hand, the former off-spinner thinks the Australians have not learned from the ball tampering scandal. In fact, Swann believes the Australian trio did a shameful thing.
“It tells me they have not really learned from it, to be honest. When Australia’s prime minister has to interject… and the whole nation is saying they are disgusted… it is time to take stock and apologize for everyone they have slandered.
“If they choose to argue the toss rather than have a decent moral code for your national sport, it is a shame. A year is not a long ban. They used sandpaper. Every team I played in raised the seam and so on, but to take sandpaper on the pitch and be caught by 30 cameras…
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“They should feel lucky they got a year. I have never known a team takes a foreign object on to the field. That is out of the Naked Gun movies. Kudos to Australian cricket for rejecting the appeal and Tim Payne is a good leader and good bloke.”
Cricket Australia has decided not to reduce the bans and it was a correct thing to do after the outrage of the Australian public.
Meanwhile, all the three banned players had accepted their mistake and pleaded guilty after the aftermath of the incident.
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