Former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has urged Cricket Australia (CA) not to reduce the bans of cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft.
Meanwhile, Australian cricket is hitting an all-time low and players struggling to produce any kind of form and stability. As a result, CA have been thinking hard about the reduction of the bans for Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft due to their involvement in the ball-tampering incident during the 3rd Test match between South Africa and Australia.
Although CA is thinking of reducing the bans to make themselves available for the Test series against India, Mitchell Johnson has spoken against it. The speedster noted that they accepted their bans and it should stay.
“I thought 3 players were banned. So does that mean Cameron Bancroft’s ban will be reduced to the same amount as Smith & Warner if it goes ahead? They all accepted their bans & didn’t contest it so I think the bans should stay,” Johnson tweeted.
Meanwhile, Mitchell Johnson is not the first Australian cricketer to say that the bans should remain. Former Aussie skipper Ian Chappel had earlier mentioned that the bans should not be reduced.
“Do I think that some of the bans should have been reduced. No, I don’t think they should, because of the things that came out of the long staff review was that they felt the attitude was to win and don’t count the cost. If they would have brought Smith, Warner, and Bancroft back into the team against India, then they would say ‘here we go again’, don’t count the cost let’s just make sure we win,” Chappell had told ESPNcricinfo.
Australia gear up to host India in a full-fledged tour commencing with the T20I series starting from November 21.