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Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels the punishment on Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft was too harsh. However, he admitted that he doesn’t care about Smith’s deputy David Warner.
Meanwhile, former Australian skipper Steve Smith and his deputy, David Warner will have to serve a 12 months ban in the wake of the ball tampering scandal. While Cameron Bancroft, who used the tape to change the shape of the ball will face a nine-month ban.
Along with it, Smith and Warner can’t lead any Australian side for the next two years.
However, this decision comes in the wake of the recent ball-tampering scandal during the third Test at Cape Town. Television footage showed Bancroft take what he said was a yellow tape out of his trouser pocket before rubbing the ball to change its condition.
However, later Smith said the team’s “leadership group” had a plan, carried out by Cameron Bancroft, to tamper with the ball to “get an advantage.”
Harsh on Smith and Bancroft:
Vaughan feels that the decision was too harsh on the part of Smith and Bancroft. The former batsman feels they are good guys and needed punishment but believes this is too harsh. However, he admitted that he doesn’t care about Warner, who sustained the same fate at Smith.
Steve Smith I think is a good guy who made a huge mistake … He needed punishing but I think this is too harsh … Bancroft who I don’t know was led astray but deserved punishing but again too harshly IMO … The other guy I really don’t care about …
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 28, 2018
“Steve Smith I think is a good guy who made a huge mistake … He needed punishing, but I think this is too harsh … Bancroft who I don’t know was led astray but deserved punishing but again too harshly IMO … The other guy I don’t care about …,” Vaughan tweeted.
However, CA gave a clean chit to Lehmann, who will continue to work until his tenure ends in 2019.
Meanwhile, the final Test of Australia’s tour to South Africa starts on March 30 at Johannesburg.