Steve Smith, David Warner tried ball-tampering in Sheffield Shield 2016 game: Report
A media report earlier today said that a match referee warned of disgraced Australian cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner involving in a ball-tampering incident in the domestic Sheffield Shield in 2016.
The reports came after Cricket Australia stripped of Smith and Warner from captain and vice-captain’s post. Also, CA banned them for 12 months in the wake of the recent ball-tampering scandal.
As reported in Sydney Morning Herald, Daryl Harper admitted that the duo was not engaging in a fair play while representing New South Wales in a match against Victoria in November 2016 in an email he sent Cricket Australia’s match referee and umpire selection manager Simon Taufel.
“When David Warner repeatedly bounced his returns in to (NSW wicket-keeper) Peter Nevill on the first day, the umpires appealed to Smith to support their calls for fair play,” Harper wrote in the email. “They weren’t encouraged by his response. I assisted the umpires on the second morning by suggesting to (NSW coach) Trent Johnston that CA didn’t need an issue with the national captain being involved in a ball-tampering incident,” it added.
Harper also said that Smith complained regarding Sydney Cricket Ground pitch post his team’s loss. Meanwhile, this was the same time South African captain Faf du Plessis was under scrutiny.
However, CA has called for a review of team culture in the wake of the recent scandal.
Smith and Cameron Bancroft held a press conference after reaching their country in Sydney. Meanwhile, Warner is due to address the media in Sydney on Saturday.
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