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Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
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Pat Cummins Favourite To Be Captain, Steve Smith Vice-Captain: Mark Waugh

Mark Waugh, former Australia batsman believes ‘there are only two choices’ as Australian skipper– former skipper batsman Steve Smith and pace all-rounder Pat Cummins.

Australia may not have played any cricket since losing the home Test series to India earlier this year but the resurgence of Sandpaper Gate and the never-ending debate around who should take over Australia’s Test captaincy from Tim Paine has made sure they have always hogged the limelight.

File photo of Mark Waugh.(Cricket Australia)
File photo of Mark Waugh. (Cricket Australia)

Despite there being no formal announcement from Cricket Australia or any indication of quitting from current Test captain Tim Paine, former Australian cricket and experts are more or less certain that it is only a matter of time before the keeper makes way for a new captain for Australia’s recent Test series loss to India and age of Tim Paine.

“I think when Tim Paine finishes, which could be after the Ashes, I think there are only two choices: Pat Cummins and Steve Smith,” Mark Waugh told Fox Cricket’s Road to the Ashes Podcast.

Steve Smith was the captain of Australia in all three formats when the Test match against South Africa back in 2018 rocked Australian cricket. Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft’s involvement in the ball-tampering episode kept them away from cricket for a year (9 months in the case of Cameron Bancroft).

Cameron Bancroft With Steve Smith Photo-ICC
Cameron Bancroft With Steve Smith Photo-ICC

Steve Smith was stripped of his captaincy and it was announced he won’t be considered for the leadership role for at least two years. Times have changed as Steve Smith, who is Australia’s best Test batsman, has made a strong comeback to the side and presented himself as one of the frontrunners to take over from Tim Paine.

Mark Waugh Belives Pat Cummins Is Favourite To Be Assigned Captain

Mark Waugh, however, believes Pat Cummins’ rapid rise in international cricket makes him ‘favourite’ to be the next Australian captain.

“That’s our field of choices and I don’t think the selectors will steer too far clear of that. There are no other candidates from what I can see unless someone jumps out of the ground. But I’d say Pat Cummins is favourite to be captain, Steve Smith vice-captain,” Mark Waugh said.

File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters
File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Tim Paine has led Australia’s Test side with distinction, but with the wicketkeeper-batsman will be turning 37 by the time he captains in the Ashes series against England at the end of 2021, as a clear succession plan would be required.

Few players have better credentials to succeed him than the 31-year-old Steve Smith but it has been fast bowler Pat Cummins who has been nurtured in the past as Australia’s vice-captain and he has been handed the one-day captaincy of New South Wales this season.

Meanwhile, Australia’s Test team will next meet Afghanistan in November this year. The clash will be followed by Ashes 2021-22, which takes place on Australian soil. As of now, Tim Paine is quite certain to lead the Aussies in the crucial series against England but things can change after the conclusion of the five games.

Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith with the two umpires [Image-Getty]
Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith with the two umpires [Image-Getty]
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Ball Tampering Was Rampant Well Before The 2018 Sandpaper Gate Saga: Mickey Arthur

Mickey Arthur, Sri Lanka head coach has claimed ball-tampering was rampant since well before the 2018 Sandpaper Gate saga. Former South Africa and Australia coach feels it will be ‘naive’ to think that players didn’t subtly use sweeteners and gums to maintain the ball before.

Ball-tampering has been highlighted once again after Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft’s widely-reported revelations regarding those who were privy to the sandpaper plot in the infamous Cape Town Test. However, it wasn’t the first time that a player was caught with an extraneous substance on the ground.

Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering affair Gallo Images/Getty Images
Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering affair Gallo Images/Getty Images

Mickey Arthur: Ball Tampering Caesed Since The Cape Town Test In 2008 Because Of Scruinity By The Umpires

Mickey Arthur asserted that players have used tricks to sweeten their saliva, apparently to get a better shine on the ball. He also explained that such incidents have ceased since the Cape Town Test because of increased scrutiny by the umpires.

“You’d be naive to say otherwise. You’d be naive to think teams hadn’t tried some sweets to sweeten up your saliva to give the ball a buff – teams were doing that. [Now] I think everybody’s just a little bit on edge.

“I do think people are too scared to try anything. The ball is being checked numerous times in any game. Every couple of overs the ball goes to the umpire and he has a look at it,” Mickey Arthur told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Mickey Arthur. (Credits: Twitter)
Mickey Arthur. (Credits: Twitter)

Hair gel, sweets, mint, lip bam, bottle caps, and cough lozenge are some of the many things used in the past to maintain the shine-rough balance on the ball. And those accused are not short of esteemed names – Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, James Anderson, and Waqar Younis – to name a few.

Mickey Arthur Would Like To See Reverse Swing Which Is An Incredibly Good Skill

The main reason Cameron Bancroft carried yellow sandpaper to Newlands was to scuff in some reverse swing for Mitchell Starc-led Australian pace attack. The art once used to break unbreakable partnerships and rattle tailenders quickly now seem long lost.

Mickey Arthur, too, feels that there’s “no better sight” than seeing balls reverse swinging at pace. He believes it is internal to cricket that reverse swing is restored legally at the earliest.

“I would like to see a reverse swing back in the game without a doubt. I think reverse swing is an incredible art. When a bowler gets it to go it’s an incredibly good skill. Obviously, we’re talking about getting the ball to go legally. It’s amazing to watch. There’s no better sight than when a fast bowler is running in and getting the ball to reverse at good pace,” Mickey Arthur added.

Mickey Arthur-coached Sri Lanka will next face Bangladesh in a three-match ODI series away from home between 23rd and 28th May.

Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar was accused of scuffing the seam by running his fingers on it by match referee Mike Denness during the second test against South Africa in 2001. Sachin Tendulkar maintained his innocence saying that he was trying to remove dirt from the ball in wet conditions but was handed a suspended one-match ban.

The Indian team threatened to pull out of the tour if the decision was not reversed. The Indian cricket board (BCCI) boycotted the third Test and fielded a reserve team to play an unofficial test.

Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid (File photo) (Photo Credit: https://twitter.com/sachin_rt)
Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid (File photo) (Photo Credit: https://twitter.com/sachin_rt)

Indian batsman Rahul Dravid rubbed a cough lozenge on the shiny side of the ball during a one-day international win over Zimbabwe in a triangular series held at Brisbane. He was found to be guilty by match referee Clive Lloyd and was fined 50 percent of his match fee.

During a controversial test at the Oval, England was awarded five extra runs after Pakistan was accused of ball-tampering by umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove. Pakistan refused to take the field after the tea break, in protest of the decision and forfeited the test.

Tim Paine. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
Tim Paine. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
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Bowlers Part Of 2018 Cape Town Test Cleared Air After Contacting Cameron Bancroft: Tim Paine

Tim Paine, Australian Test captain on Wednesday said that four bowlers who were a part of the ill-fated 2018 Cape Town Test against South Africa have been in touch with batsman Cameron Bancroft to “clear the air” over suggestions they knew about the ball-tampering.

Cameron Bancroft stirred up fresh controversy last week after hinting that the Australian bowlers were aware that their players were tampering with the ball during the 2018 Cape Town Test against South Africa.

Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering affair Gallo Images/Getty Images
Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering affair Gallo Images/Getty Images

Tim Paine: Australian Bowlers Part Of The 2018 Cape Town Test Which Saw Ball-Tampering Cleared The Air After Sorting Out Things With Cameron Bancroft

Australian bowlers issued a joint statement on Tuesday, once again pleading their innocence in the ball-tampering saga after Cameron Bancroft’s latest comments stirred up and reignited the controversy last week.

Australia’s bowling attack comprised of pacers Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and off-spinner Nathan Lyon in the 2018 Test but they have always maintained that they had no knowledge of Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith, and David Warner’s plan to tamper with the ball to assist the bowlers on Day 3 of the third Test on March 24, 2018.

“I think they’re frustrated that it keeps popping up but I think that’s part and parcel for everyone who played in that test match,” Tim Paine told reporters in Hobart.

Australia Test skipper Tim Paine
Australia Test skipper Tim Paine (Photo | AP)

“Their mood was fine, I think they’ve spoken to (Bancroft), cleared the air there and I think everyone’s looking forward to moving on. We’re all grown men and those guys have made contact with each other and sorted it out.”

CA conducted an investigation into the incident in 2018 and banned Cameron Bancroft for nine months, while former captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were suspended for a year and subsequently removed from leadership roles.

Tim Paine: Cameron Bancroft’s Chances Of Returning To Tests Won’t Be Hampered By His Comment

Tim Paine, who replaced Steve Smith as skipper after the scandal, said Cameron Bancroft’s comment would not damage his chances of returning to the Test team once he returns from playing county cricket in England.

“We don’t pick Test teams on what they say in the media,” he said. “We pick Test teams on how many runs they’re scoring … and that certainly won’t be held against him.”

On the third day of the match, Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to alter the condition of the ball. As soon as the clip was shown on television, it went viral on social media and the entire cricketing fraternity condemned the act. Steve Smith and David Warner returned to the national team’s fold just before the 2019 ODI World Cup, while Cameron Bancroft has since struggled to break back in. He has played 10 Tests and 1 T20I.

Cameron Bancroft With Steve Smith Photo-ICC
Cameron Bancroft With Steve Smith Photo-ICC

In July 2019, he was named in Australia’s squad for the 2019 Ashes series in England. He made his international return in the first test at Edgbaston at the beginning of August. He played the first two Tests, but after scores of 8, 7, 13, and 16, was dropped for the third Test.

The ball-tampering row has put question marks on Australian cricket team’s culture. (Photo: Youtube screengrab)
The ball-tampering row has put question marks on Australian cricket team’s culture. (Photo: Youtube screengrab)
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James Erskine Slammed Cricket Australia For Handling Ball Tampering Issue Badly

James Erskine, David Warner’s manager slammed Cricket Australia for handling the ball-tampering issue badly. Ever since the Australian opening batsman Cameron Bancroft revealed that more than three people had knowledge about the Sandpaper Gate, the scandal has once again become a talking point in the cricketing world.

Cricket Australia’s (CA) Integrity team has reached out to the right-handed batsman to see if he has more information to give on the issue.

James Erskine (PC: smh.com.au)
James Erskine (PC: smh.com.au)

James Erskine: The Whole Ball-Tampering Issue Was Badly Handed But Eventually The Truth Will Come Out

Three years since the Cape Town Test, Cameron Bancroft, while not having taken any names, has seemingly admitted that Australia’s bowling attack consisting of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, and Mitchell Marsh knew he was scuffing the ball up with sandpaper.

James Erskine also asserted that all three of the indicted players were treated ‘despicably’. James Erskine added that had any of them sued Cricket Australia for the investigation, they would have had their punishment reduced because of the ‘whole truth’.

“The report that was done, they didn’t interview all the players. The whole thing was so badly handled, it was a joke. But eventually, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, will come out and I know the whole truth. But it doesn’t serve any purpose because the Australian public over a period of time got to dislike the Australian team because they didn’t behave particularly well,” James Erskine told Sydney Morning Herald.

Cameron Bancroft photographed at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.
James Erskine Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“There is absolutely no doubt that Smith, Warner, and Bancroft were treated despicably. The fact of the matter is they did the wrong thing but the punishment didn’t fit the crime. I think if one or two of those players had taken legal action they would have won because of what the truth was,” James Erskine added.

In March 2018, Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to change the condition of the ball using sandpaper in a Test match against South Africa in Cape Town. The incident later went on to be labelled as the ‘Sandpaper Gate’ and is considered as one of the darkest moments in the history of Australian cricket.

Cameron Bancroft Said It Was Probably Self Explanatory About Bowlers Awareness That The Ball Was Tampered With

Cameron Bancroft, who is playing county cricket in Durham, said it was ‘probably self-explanatory’ whether the bowlers were aware that the ball was being tampered with.

“Yeah, look, all I wanted to do was to be responsible and accountable for my own actions and part. Yeah, obviously what I did benefits bowlers and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory,” Bancroft said to the Guardian interviewer Donald McRae as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

“I guess one thing I learned through the journey and being responsible is that’s where the buck stops [with Bancroft himself]. Had I had better awareness I would have made a much better decision,” he added.

David Warner and Steve Smith, Reuters
David Warner and Steve Smith, Reuters. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

When he was further stressed, Bancroft replied: “Uh… yeah, look, I think, yeah, I think it’s pretty probably self-explanatory.”

On the third day of the match, Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to alter the condition of the ball. As soon as the clip was shown on television, it went viral on social media and the entire cricketing fraternity condemned the act. After the conclusion of the day’s play, Cameron Bancroft and then Australia skipper Steve Smith admitted that they did tamper with the ball.

David Warner’s involvement in the act was also confirmed. Australia went on to lose the match and Cricket Australia took some bold calls as they first removed Steve Smith and David Warner as the captain and vice-captain of the side. Later, the Australian cricket board handed a one-year ban to the tainted duo, while Cameron Bancroft was given a nine-month suspension. Australia coach Darren Lehmann also resigned after the episode.

Cameron Bancroft With Steve Smith Photo-ICC
Cameron Bancroft With Steve Smith Photo-ICC
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Cameron Bancroft Contacted By CA Integrity Team To Know If He Has More Information Regarding 2018 Ball-Tampering Saga

Cameron Bancroft revealed that more than three people may have knowledge about the Sandpaper Gate, as the fiasco has once again resurfaced and became a talking point in the cricketing world.

Now, Cricket Australia’s (CA) Integrity team has reached out to the right-handed batsman to see if he has more information to give on the issue.

Cameron Bancroft photographed at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.
Cameron Bancroft photographed at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. Photograph: Richard Saker/The Guardian

Cameron Bancroft Who Said It Was Probably Self Explanatory That The Bowlers Were Aware Of Ball Tampering Was Contacted By CA Integrity Team

Sources within Cricket Australia confirmed to ANI that the Integrity Team has indeed reached out to Cameron Bancroft and currently they are waiting to hear from him.

“The Integrity team has reached out to Cameron Bancroft today to see if he has some new information on the issue. We are waiting for a reply from his side. He is in the UK currently so it’s still pretty early there,” the source said.

Cameron Bancroft, who is playing county cricket in Durham, said it was ‘probably self-explanatory’ whether the bowlers were aware that the ball was being tampered with.

“Yeah, look, all I wanted to do was to be responsible and accountable for my own actions and part. Yeah, obviously what I did benefits bowlers and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory,” Bancroft said to the Guardian interviewer Donald McRae as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

“I guess one thing I learnt through the journey and being responsible is that’s where the buck stops [with Bancroft himself]. Had I had better awareness I would have made a much better decision,” he added.

Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering affair Gallo Images/Getty Images
Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering affair Gallo Images/Getty Images

When he was further stressed, Bancroft replied: “Uh… yeah, look, I think, yeah, I think it’s pretty probably self-explanatory.”

During an interview with The Guardian, Cameron Bancroft was asked if any of the bowlers knew about the ball-tampering. In his response, the Australian batsman said that he is responsible for his own actions, but added that there probably was an “awareness” about it.

Three years since the Cape Town Test, Cameron Bancroft, while not having taken any names, has seemingly admitted that Australia’s bowling attack consisting of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, and Mitchell Marsh knew he was scuffing the ball up with sandpaper.

Cricket Australia Reached Out To Cameron Bancroft To See Whether He Has Any New Information Regarding The 2018 Cape Town Test Ball-Tampering Fiasco

Last week, a Cricket Australia spokesperson had said that the board is open to reinvestigating the issue if there is some new information.

“CA has maintained all along that if anyone is in possession of new information in regards to the Cape Town Test of 2018, they should come forward and present it. The investigation conducted at the time was detailed and comprehensive. Since then, no one has presented new information to CA that casts doubt on the investigation’s findings,” ESPNcricinfo quoted CA spokesperson as saying.

In March 2018, Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to change the condition of the ball using sandpaper in a Test match against South Africa in Cape Town. The incident later went on to be labeled as the ‘Sandpaper Gate’ and is considered as one of the darkest moments in the history of Australian cricket.

David Warner and Steve Smith, Reuters
David Warner and Steve Smith, Reuters

On the third day of the match, the batsman was caught on camera trying to alter the condition of the ball. As soon as the clip was shown on television, it went viral on social media and the entire cricketing fraternity condemned the act.
After the conclusion of the day’s play, Cameron Bancroft and then Australia skipper Steve Smith admitted the offense that they did tamper with the ball. David Warner’s involvement in the act was also confirmed.

Australia went on to lose the match and Cricket Australia took some bold calls as they first removed the captain and vice-captain of the side. Later, the Australian cricket board handed a one-year ban to both Steve Smith and David Warner, while Cameron Bancroft was given a nine-month suspension. Australia coach Darren Lehmann also resigned after the episode.

Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist
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Sandpaper Gate Incident Will Linger Forever, Says Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist, former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman said Cricket Australia needed to do a more thorough investigation into the Sandpaper Gate incident after it happened and it is due to this reason that the issue will keep on lingering forever.

In March 2018, Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to change the condition of the ball using sandpaper in a Test match against South Africa in Cape Town.

Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering affair Gallo Images/Getty Images
Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering affair Gallo Images/Getty Images

Cricket Australia Would’ve Made More Thorough Investigation In Sandpaper Gate Incident, Says Adam Gilchrist

The incident later went on to be labelled as the ‘Sandpaper Gate’ and is considered as one of the darkest moments in the history of Australian cricket.

“It will linger forever, whether it is someone’s book or an ad hoc interview,” Adam Gilchrist said on SEN’s Gilly and Goss podcast, as reported by Fox Sports.

“Eventually I think names will be named. I think there are some people who have it stored away and are ready to pull the trigger when the time is right. I think Cricket Australia is responsible for why this will be continually asked. When they did their investigation at the time they had Patty Howard the high-performance general manager, Iain Roy was the integrity officer,” Adam Gilchrist added.

Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist (Credits: Twitter)

Further elaborating on his point, Adam Gilchrist said: “They went there and did this very quick review of that isolated incident and perhaps no one in the team knew. Perhaps Cam did grab the sandpaper on his own accord and walked out there and did not tell anyone.”

“There was an opportunity for CA if they were going to make such a strong statement they needed to do a more thorough investigation to work out where the root of the problem was. Anyone would be naive to think people were not aware of what was going on about ball maintenance.

“I don’t think Cricket Australia wanted to go there. They did not want to go any deeper than that superficial example of ball-tampering. They did not investigate to see whether it was systemic had it been going on and on and on. Around the cricketing globe, it was widely accepted a lot of teams were doing it.”

Steven Smith and David Warner returned to the national team’s fold just before the 2019 ODI World Cup, while Cameron Bancroft has since struggled to break back in.

Three years since the Cape Town Test, Cameron Bancroft, while not having taken any names, has seemingly admitted that Australia’s bowling attack consisting of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, and Mitchell Marsh knew he was scuffing the ball up with sandpaper.

During his career, Adam Gilchrist played for Australia in 96 Test matches and 287 One-day internationals. Adam Gilchrist holds the unique record of scoring at least 50 runs in successive World Cup finals (in 1999, 2003, and 2007). His 149 off 104 balls against Sri Lanka in the 2007 World Cup final is rated one of the greatest World Cup innings of all time.

Cameron Bancroft Would Have Made A Much Better Decision If He Had Better Awareness

Cameron Bancroft, who is playing county cricket in Durham, said it was ‘probably self-explanatory’ whether the bowlers were aware that the ball was being tampered with.

“Yeah, look, all I wanted to do was to be responsible and accountable for my own actions and part. Yeah, obviously what I did benefits bowlers, and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory,” Bancroft said to the Guardian interviewer Donald McRae as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

“I guess one thing I learned through the journey and being responsible is that’s where the buck stops [with Bancroft himself]. Had I had better awareness I would have made a much better decision,” he added.

When he was further stressed, Bancroft replied: “Uh… yeah, look, I think, yeah, I think it’s pretty probably self-explanatory.”

David Warner and Steve Smith, Reuters
David Warner and Steve Smith, Reuters

On the third day of the match, Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to alter the condition of the ball. As soon as the clip was shown on television, it went viral on social media and the entire cricketing fraternity condemned the act.

After the conclusion of the day’s play, Cameron Bancroft and then Australia skipper Steve Smith admitted that they tampered with the ball. David Warner’s involvement in the infamous act was also confirmed. Australia went on to lose the match and Cricket Australia took some bold calls as they first removed Steve Smith and David Warner as the captain and vice-captain of the side.

Later, the Australian cricket board handed a one-year ban to both Steve Smith and David Warner, while Cameron Bancroft was given a nine-month suspension. Australia coach Darren Lehmann also resigned after the episode.

Michael Clarke. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
Michael Clarke. (Photo Source: Getty Images)(Photo by Pramod Thakur/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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Michael Clarke Isn’t Surprised That More Than Three Cricketers Knew About The Sandpaper Gate

Michael Clarke, former Australia skipper said nobody is surprised that more than the taunted trio of Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft knew about the Sandpaper Gate.

Michael Clarke’s remarks came as Cricket Australia (CA) on Saturday said it is open to reinvestigating the Sandpaper Gate fiasco if there is anyone who has more knowledge about the matter.

Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke (file image)
Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke (file image)

Michael Clarke Don’t Think Anybody Is Surprised That More Than 3 Cricketers Knew About The Ball Tampering Sandpaper Gate Incident

This announcement from the cricket board came after opening batsman Cameron Bancroft hinted that there had to be wider knowledge about ball-tampering during the ‘Sandpaper Gate’ incident in 2018 in the Cape Town Test between Australia and South Africa than just the trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and the opener himself.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Big Sports Breakfast, Michael Clarke said: “They’ve got to hold the ball to bowl with it. I can tell you now if you went and grabbed a pen, just a pen and put a little ‘1’ somewhere on my cricket bat; on top of the handle, on the edge of the bat, on the toe of the bat, on the face, under the grip, anywhere, just a little number one, I would have noticed.”

“If you are playing sport at the highest level you know your tools that good it’s not funny. Can you imagine that ball being thrown back to the bowler and the bowler not knowing about it? Please,” Michael Clarke added.

Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering affair Gallo Images/Getty Images
Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering affair Gallo Images/Getty Images

Further reacting to Bancroft’s comments, Michael Clarke said: “I love how the articles in the paper are ‘it is such a big surprise that Cameron Bancroft has made a …’ Actually if you read his quotes it is not what he did say as what he didn’t say in regards to other people knowing about sandpaper gate.”

“What’s the surprise? That more than three people knew? I don’t think anybody who has played the game of cricket or knows a little bit about cricket would know that in a team like that, at the highest level, when the ball is such an important part of the game. I don’t think anybody is surprised that more than three people knew about it,” Michael Clarke added.

In March 2018, Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to change the condition of the ball using sandpaper in a Test match against South Africa in Cape Town. The incident later went on to be labeled as the ‘Sandpaper Gate’ and is considered as one of the darkest moments in the history of Australian cricket.
Michael Clarke led Australia to their 5th Cricket World Cup triumph when his team was victorious in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at the MCG against New Zealand.

Cameron Bancroft: It’s Self Explanatory That The Bowlers Knew That The Ball Was Being Tampered With

Cameron Bancroft, who is playing county cricket in Durham, said it was ‘probably self-explanatory’ whether the bowlers were aware that the ball was being tampered with.

Three years since the Cape Town Test, Cameron Bancroft, while not having taken any names, has seemingly admitted that Australia’s bowling attack consisting of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, and Mitchell Marsh knew he was scuffing the ball up with sandpaper.

“Yeah, look, all I wanted to do was to be responsible and accountable for my own actions and part. Yeah, obviously what I did benefits bowlers, and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory,” Bancroft said to the Guardian interviewer Donald McRae as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

“I guess one thing I learned through the journey and being responsible is that’s where the buck stops [with Bancroft himself]. Had I had better awareness I would have made a much better decision,” he added.

When he was further stressed, Bancroft replied: “Uh… yeah, look, I think, yeah, I think it’s pretty probably self-explanatory.”

Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)
Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

On the third day of the match against South Africa, Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to alter the condition of the ball. As soon as the clip was shown on television, it went viral on social media and the entire cricketing fraternity condemned the act.

After the conclusion of the day’s play, Cameron Bancroft and then Australia skipper Steve Smith admitted that they did tamper with the ball. David Warner’s involvement in the act was also confirmed. Australia went on to lose the match and Cricket Australia took some bold calls as they first removed the captain and vice-captain of the side.

Later, the Australian cricket board handed a one-year ban to both Steve Smith and David Warner, while Cameron Bancroft was given a nine-month suspension. Australia coach Darren Lehmann also resigned after the episode.

Steve Smith and David Warner returned to the national team’s fold just before the 2019 ODI World Cup, while Cameron Bancroft has since struggled to break back in.

Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering affair Gallo Images/Getty Images
Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering affair Gallo Images/Getty Images
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I Carried Out An Act That Completely Compromised My Values – Cameron Bancroft On 2018 Ball Tampering Saga

Cameron Bancroft, Australia cricketer has reportedly hinted that there may have been “an awareness” about the ball-tampering incident among Australian bowlers.

Cameron Bancroft, who was caught on camera rubbing the ball with sandpaper before shoving it in his pants during the 2018 Test against South Africa in Cape Town, was handed a nine-month ban for his role in the scandal that rocked Cricket Australia.

Cameron Bancroft photographed at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.
Cameron Bancroft photographed at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. Photograph: Richard Saker/The Guardian

Cameron Bancroft Learnt From Ball Tempering Mistake And Should Have Made A Much Better Decision If He Had Better Awareness

But during an interview with The Guardian, Cameron Bancroft was asked if any of the bowlers knew about it. In his response, the Australian batsman said that he is responsible for his own actions, but added that there probably was an “awareness” about it.

The CA found captain Steven Smith and vice-captain David Warner also involved in the scandal and both the cricketers were also handed a 12-month ban for their roles.

“Yeah, look, all I wanted to do was to be responsible and accountable for my own actions and part. Yeah, obviously what I did benefits bowlers, and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory,” he said.

David Warner and Steve Smith, Reuters
David Warner and Steven Smith, Reuters

“I guess one thing I learnt through the journey and being responsible is that’s where the buck stops [with Bancroft himself]. Had I had better awareness I would have made a much better decision,” he added.

When asked again in clear terms, “So some of the bowlers did know?”, Bancroft, as per the report, hesistantly replied: “Uh … yeah, look, I think, yeah, I think it’s pretty probably self-explanatory.”

Steven Smith and David Warner returned to the national team’s fold just before the 2019 ODI World Cup, while Cameron Bancroft has since struggled to break back in.

Three years since the Cape Town Test, Cameron Bancroft, while not having taken any names, has seemingly admitted that Australia’s bowling attack consisting of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, and Mitchell Marsh knew he was scuffing the ball up with sandpaper.

Cameron Bancroft Disappointed With His Actions For Letting Australia Down

Speaking further on the incident, Cameron Bancroft said that he was disappointed about his actions, but has learned from his mistakes.

“In purely cricketing terms it makes me feel a little shit. I was just settling and then, of course, it was lost.

“I was obviously disappointed because I’d let the team down and carried out an act that completely compromised my values. But it came down for me just when I was really improving at that level. It felt like I’d thrown a lot away.

“I hadn’t got a Test 100 yet but I felt I was on my way to achieving that, so I was extremely disappointed to give that up. But that’s how important that part of my life was then. I’ve come to learn that it is important but it doesn’t dictate my life in the same way,” he added.

“That’s something I don’t think I even understood until that mistake happened. But it’s part of the journey and a hard lesson I needed to learn,” Bancroft further said.
Steven Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)
Steven Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Yes. It doesn’t condone, whatsoever, the mistake I made but in terms of all I’ve learned about myself and life, I’m almost grateful for the mistake in a way. It’s been an interesting journey and I wouldn’t change it for the world. It changed me and I’ve become the person I am today.

“It’s also taught me to deal with the anxiety and disappointment that comes with cricket and everyday life. There are always going to be challenges. It’s how you’re able to stay as balanced as possible when that happens,” he signed off.

The trio of Cameron Bancroft, Steven Smith, and David Warner were banned for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal. While Cameron Bancroft was handed a nine-month ban, then skipper Steven Smith and his deputy David Warner were suspended for a year each.

Cricket Australia also slapped David Warner, who was declared the plotter-in-chief, with a lifetime leadership ban while Steven Smith was banned from leading Australia for two years. Head coach Darren Lehmann also resigned in the aftermath of the scandal.

Steve Smith. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Steve Smith’s Crime Was Greater Than David Warner’s: Ian Chappell

Steve Smith is eligible to lead Australia again after serving out his 2-year old ban from captaincy while David Warner will never be considered for the post even though both players were involved in the sandpaper gate scandal in South Africa. Tim Paine took over as Australia captain from Steve Smith in 2018 after Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for ball tempering offence for a year from international cricket.

Cricket legend Ian Chappell feels Steve Smith might replace Tim Paine as the skipper if there is no other option for Australia in the aftermath of their humiliating defeat against India in the recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar 4 Test series earlier this week by a margin of 2-1.

David Warner and Steve Smith.
David Warner and Steve Smith. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Steve Smith Might Get Captaincy Again When There’s Not Much Other Choice: Ian Chappell

Australia were stunned by India after they chased down the stiff target of 328 on Day 5 in 4th Brisbane Test which resulted in second successive series victory Down Under by 2-1 on January 19 at the Gabba, a venue where the hosts lost their first red-ball game in 32 years.

Australian Test captain Tim Paine has been under severe criticism for the way he led the team in the four-match series but he expressed his desire to lead the side again on their upcoming tour of South Africa in March.

Tim Paine and Steve Smith.
Tim Paine and Steve Smith. Image Credit: Twitter.

Ian Chappell however, believes that if Tim Paine is asked to step down from his captaincy post after the failure, then Steve Smith can take over the role due to Australia’s lack of choice.

Tim Paine has led Australia in 23 Tests since succeeding Steve Smith in 2018, winning 11 and losing 8 games till date with 4 draws. Steve Smith had won 18, lost 10 and drawn 6 Tests when he led Australia from 2014 to 2018.

“Yeah sure, he might get the captaincy again but I think it’s only going to be in the circumstances where there’s not much other choice,” Chappell told ‘Wide World of Sports’.

But Ian Chappell, who led Australia in 30 Tests between 1971 and 1975, also questioned Cricket Australia’s ban on Steve Smith which differs from that of David Warner.

Steve Smith’s Crime Was Greater Than David Warner So They Should Be In the Same Category: Ian Chappell

Steve Smith is eligible to lead the side as his two-year ban from captaincy has ended while David Warner will never be considered for the post even though both players were involved in the sandpaper gate scandal in South Africa.

Ian Chappell
Ian Chappell. Image Courtesy: Getty

Both players were banned for a year from international cricket by CA while Cameron Bancroft was banished for 9 months after they were found guilty of tampering the ball with sandpaper during the 2018 Cape Town Test against South Africa.

“Why aren’t Smith and Warner in the same category? If Smith only gets a 12 (24) month ban on captaincy, why doesn’t Warner only get that?. Or if Warner gets a lifetime ban on captaincy, why doesn’t Smith? Because Smith’s crime in my eyes was greater than Warner’s,” Chappell added.

The Aussie skipper Tim Paine dropped as many as three catches on the 5th day’s play in 3rd Test at Sydney as he failed to lead his side to victory and the Test was drawn. The duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Tim Paine got into a bitter verbal spat on Day 5 of the Test match. The 36-year-old skipper was also fined 15% of his match fee after being found guilty of dissent for appealing to umpire Paul Wilson after a review didn’t go the hosts’ way on Day 3.

Steve Smith. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Steve Smith’s Return As Skipper For Australia Won’t Upset Me: Jason Gillespie

Jason Gillespie, former Australian pacer was asked the question whether Steve Smith should be back as captain of Australia in a recent interview and he said that he would not be upset if the batsman returns as Australian captain as he has already paid for his crime.

The ball-tampering incident of 2018 had left the cricketing world shocked because there were some big names attached to the incident which drew widespread criticism.

Steven Smith
Steven Smith. Photo Credit: AFP.

Steve Smith, David Warner And Cameron Bancroft Banned For 1 Year After Involvement In Ball-Tempering Offence

Both Steve Smith and David Warner who were the captain and vice-captain of the team back in 2018, respectively, at the time, were banned for 12 months and the latter was also given a lifetime ban on ever being given a leadership role in Australia cricket.

David Warner and Steven Smith.
David Warner and Steven Smith. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

In March 2018, during the 3rd Test match against South Africa at Cape Town, Cameron Bancroft was caught by cameras trying to rough up one side of the ball with sandpaper to make it swing in flight, and later the names of David Warner and Steve Smith were associated with the incident and were subsequently banned for a year, and they returned in 2019 World Cup in ODIs and 2019 Ashes Series in August in Tests.

The door to return as Australia captain, though, was left open for Steve Smith, and now that the two players have returned and settled back into the teams, questions are being raised if Steve Smith should replace Tim Paine as Australia Test captain.

Jason Gillespie Softened Stance About Steve Smith Captaining Australia Again

Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie was asked about Steve Smith’s comeback as skipper, and he said that he wouldn’t be upset if Steve Smith returns as Australia captain as he has already paid for his crime by serving a year-long ban. Jason Gillespie had softened his stance after Steve Smith paid the biggest price after committing the crime of ball tempering in the history of the game.

“When the whole ball-tampering incident happened in Cape Town, I didn’t think Steve Smith would captain Australia again. That said, I have softened my stance on that upon reflection,” Jason Gillespie told Sportstar.

“These guys have paid a bigger price than anyone else in the history of the game had to pay for an offence like that. It’s almost like you do the crime, you do the time, and wipe the slate clean. Steve Smith is a natural leader, and if he is appointed Test captain after Tim Paine, I wouldn’t be upset about that,” he added.

Jason Gillespie
Jason Gillespie

“There are other options available, like Pat Cummins. Could a fast bowler do that role (of captaincy)? It’s traditionally not the done thing… If fast bowlers are given captaincy roles, they tend to either over-bowl or under-bowl themselves,” he further said.

“I feel we should leave the bowlers be the bowlers… I think a batsman or a ’keeper should take the captaincy reins. That said, I am not ruling out the possibility of Cummins taking over the role. Travis Head is another option; he has been captaining South Australia since the age of 20 – he is a vastly experienced leader,” Gillespie signed off.

He reckons that Steve Smith is a natural-born leader having led in 34 Tests out of which Australia won 18. Tim Paine captained in 19 Tests, and Australia have won 10. In ODIs, Steve Smith-led Australia in 51 matches and Australia have won 25. But Aaron Finch is also doing well leading Australia in 38 matches out of which team won 21.

Jason Gillespie though reckons other options like Travis Head and Pat Cummins are available too as both of them were vice-captains. According to Jason Gillespie, a batsman or wicket-keeper should take over the captaincy in future ruling out the possibility of pacer Pat Cummins.

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