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Steven Smith, Warner, Bancroft Dropped from Cricket Australia’s Central Contract List

Steven Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft have been dropped from Cricket Australia’s central contract list. The step has been taken following the sanctions in March in the wake of a ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town.

The three players are suspended as of now and are serving their respective bans for their involvement in ‘Sandpaper Gate’.

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Cameron Bancroft is serving a ban of nine months. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

While Steven Smith and Warner are serving a ban of one year, Bancroft is eligible to return after nine months.

Apart from these three, Jackson Bird, Hilton Cartwright, James Pattinson, Matthew Wade and Adam Zampa are the other players to be dropped.

While the dropping of Bird comes as a surprise, Cartright is not in the scheme of things at the moment and was likely to lose out on a contract.

Bird, on the other hand, was a part of Australia’s Ashes side. The paceman was named for South Africa tour (ruled out due to an injury). But still, he didn’t find a place on the list.

Pattinson’s injury issues saw his international appearances being curtailed.

It is yet to be known when he will recover to be fully fit to play Australia again. Wade and Zampa’s poor form has put them out of contract list.

Gloveman Wade, though, performed well in the Sheffield Shield final. He played an innings of 108 to be in contention.

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Tim Paine led Australia in the fourth Test. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

However, with Tim Paine as captain, his chances of making a comeback anytime soon are less.

He made a return in Aussie Test side for Ashes 2017/18. Moreover, went onto make his ODI comeback as well.

Cricket Australia has shown immense faith in the young players, having one eye on future.

Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Paine, Shaun Marsh and Kane Richardson have been handed central contracts.

In addition, Carey has just played one ODI and five T20Is. On the other hand, Jhye – who was hastened into the Test squad – has just played one ODI and two T20Is.

The non-inclusion of D’Arcy Short came as a big surprise. The aggressive batsman performed well in the Trans-Tasman series following the remarkable Big Bash League (BBL) season.

“This period is set to include a significant amount of limited-overs cricket, including the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales,” Trevor Hohns, national selector said in a statement.

“For that reason, there has been a bit of a focus in this contracting period on white-ball cricket, as we look ahead to trying to win back-to-back World Cups,” Hohns asserted.

“Kane (Richardson) has been rewarded for strong performances in the Sheffield Shield and his efforts when selected for Australia in limited-overs cricket, where he continues to impress. Jhye (Richardson) is a young fast bowler who has been on the fringes of selection in all three forms of the game,” Hohns added.

“He’s an exciting prospect who has played ODI and T20 cricket for Australia this summer, and was in the Test squad for the recent tour of South Africa,” Hohns stated.

“Marcus (Stoinis) is a player who has featured regularly for Australia in limited-overs cricket over the last 12 months, and is a player of promise who has impressed with his all-round capabilities on the international stage,” the statement added.

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I Sympathize With Steven Smith – Sourav Ganguly

Former India skipper, Sourav Ganguly has sympathised with disgraced Australian cricketer Steven Smith.

The world number one Test batsman’s remarkable career has taken a screeching halt in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.

On the third day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa, Cameron Bancroft was caught using a yellow tape while scuffing the ball. Once the broadcasters repeatedly aired the footage and even displayed it on the giant screen, Bancroft was seen slipping the yellow tape inside his trousers.

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Bancroft was caught red-handed while trying to change the ball’s condition(Credits: AP)

Later, Bancroft along with skipper Steven Smith admitted the team had pre-planned the whole thing. The repercussions soon followed. The ICC banned Smith for one Test match and handed three demerit points to Bancroft.

Cricket Australia (CA) treated the duo along with David Warner even more harshly. The board banned Warner and Smith for a year and Bancroft for nine months.

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Smith and Bancroft admitted to the ball-tampering allegations

However, many feel the punishment is too harsh for the players. And Ganguly also holds the same views.

“I sympathise with Steve Smith. He is a fantastic player, and hopefully he will come back and keep scoring runs for Australia because I don’t think it’s cheating, actually I don’t believe it is cheating,” Ganguly said.

Ganguly was speaking during the launch of his autobiography ‘A Century is Not Enough’. Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma also attended the show.

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Sourav Ganguly was joined by Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma during the event (Credits: PTI)

“I just wish them (Smith, Warner and Bancroft) luck and hopefully, they come back and play well. It’s not right to call it cheating,” Ganguly told reporters.

Ganguly and Tendulkar later narrated several anecdotes of their careers and Indian cricket.

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Eoin Morgan Feels Sanctions Imposed on 3 Aussie Players Would Leave an Impact

England’s limited-overs skipper, Eoin Morgan feels the reputation of cricket might be “battered” by the recent ball-tampering scandal at the Newlands in Cape Town.

However, he hopes the sanctions imposed on the three Australian players help the game move forward in the right direction. Cricket Australia handed 12-month suspension to Steven Smith and David Warner while the person who did the tampering, Cameron Bancroft received a nine-month ban.

Morgan further added the severity of the punishment had sent a firm message to players all across the glove that such tactics are against the spirit of the game and won’t be tolerated a single bit.

“In the last two weeks cricket has been battered and not for the right reasons,” he told reporters.

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“I’d like to think that the balance changed when the sanctions were imposed because they were serious sanctions. You can see it and say it’s wrong but to then back it up with such a sanction says a huge amount.”

Smith and Bancroft have also been prevented from taking any leadership role in the Australian team for the next two years while Warner will never be able to hold a leadership position under CA.

The English skipper accepted the fact that there are some “grey areas” around the issue of the ball-tampering. Cricket Australia’s actions have made it clear that none of these methods to scruff the ball won’t get accepted.

“Throwing the ball in, one bounce, is fine… but if you throw to the keeper from long-on or long-off, the umpires will monitor how often the ball hits the playing surface and tell you they’ll change the ball if you do it again,” he added.

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“So, yes, there are grey areas, but I think Cricket Australia have gone a long way to saying none of it is acceptable.”

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 31: Australian cricketer David Warner speaks to the media during a press conference at Cricket NSW Offices on March 31, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. Warner was banned from cricket for one year by Cricket Australia following the ball tampering incident in South Africa. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Warner to not appeal CA’s ban

After Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft declined to appeal for the ban imposed by Cricket Australia (CA), all eyes were on David Warner who was yet to announce his decision.

But in the end, Warner has joined Smith and Bancroft in accepting Cricket Australia’s sanctions for his role in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal. Warner announced it in the social media just like his team-mates.

He has let Cricket Australia know that he accepts the ban and he is truly sorry for all the actions and also said he will try all he can to be a better person.

“I have today let Cricket Australia know that I fully accept the sanctions imposed on me. I am truly sorry for my actions and will now do everything I can to be a better person, teammate and role model,” Warner tweeted.

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Comparing with the other two, Warner got even a bigger punishment as he has been banned from holding any leadership role within the national team for the remainder of his playing career.

However, he is free to play Premier Cricket as well in overseas domestic competitions, subject to Cricket Australia granting him a No Objection Certificate.

The former Australian captain Steve Smith was the first man to announce that he will not appeal for the ban. Few hours later, Bancroft did the same via social media. Many predicted that Warner might appeal for the ban but in the end all of them accepted their mistake and are ready to serve the punishment that has been given by Cricket Australia.

This means, the former Australia captain and vice-captain will not be able to play in both international and domestic cricket for the next 12 months while Bancroft can not play for the next 9 motnhs.

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Bancroft faced a heat. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Cameron Bancroft accepts Cricket Australia’s sanction

Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft has accepted the nine-month ban imposed by Cricket Australia (CA), in March. The 25-year old batsman has delivered the news using his social media channels to his fans.

Bancroft was found guilty in the ball tampering scandal that shook the cricketing world and Australian public in nutshell. The board has quickly probed an investigation, found David Warner, Steve Smith and Bancroft as guilty in the incident.

Earlier in the day, Smith accepted the sanctions placed on him. The youngster followed his ex-skipper’s path and hours later revealed the news.

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“Today I lodged the paperwork with Cricket Australia and will be accepting the sanction handed down,” Bancroft tweeted.

“I would love to put this behind me and will do whatever it takes to earn back the trust of the Australian public. Thank you to all those who have sent messages of support,” he added.

Warner is yet to decide on his appeal:

Bancroft had apologized to the Australian public as well as cricketing world after returning from South Africa. However, David Warner, who is the third player to be sanctioned has yet to decide on his appeal.

The 31-year old has time until 5 pm local time tomorrow to appeal on the sanctions he was charged with. Warner had flown to Melbourne yesterday and told reporters that he will discuss the terms with his advisers.

Just like Steve Smith, Warner was also handed a twelve-month ban from playing cricket in Australia. However, the southpaw was stripped from eligibility to lead Australian cricket team ever in the future.

He can never captain Australia in the future, which is a serious blow to Warner. On the other hand, post the sandpaper gate, Cameron Bancroft was also excluded from his county deal with Somerset.

The incident also saw head coach Darren Lehmann step down from his position at the end of the series.

Whereas, there are also indications from Cricket Australia about an investigation into the team culture of men’s cricket team.

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Spoof: Ricky Ponting as Gabbar teaches Smith, Warner and Bancroft a lesson

The ball-tampering saga involving the Australian team had left the cricketing world shell-shocked as a spoof video of Ricky Ponting has gone viral on the internet.

On the third day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa, Cameron Bancroft was caught using yellow tape while scuffing the ball. Once the broadcasters SuperSport TV repeatedly aired the footage and even displayed it on the giant screen, Bancroft was seen slipping the yellow tape inside his trousers.

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Bancroft was caught red-handed while trying to change the ball’s condition(Credits: AP)

Later, Bancroft along with skipper Steven Smith admitted that the team had pre-planned the whole thing. The repercussions soon followed. The ICC banned Smith for one Test match and handed three demerit points to Bancroft.

Cricket Australia treated the duo along with David Warner even more harshly. The board banned Warner and Smith for a year and Bancroft for nine months.

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Smith and Bancroft admitted to the ball-tampering allegations

Not only that, the trio suffered setbacks from other teams and sponsors too. They lost their personal sponsors while some teams ended their contracts.

The BCCI barred Smith and Warner from playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL). On the other hand, Somerset ended its contract with Bancroft.

And while the incident was widely condemned by the majority, some managed to find a funny side of it. Recently, a video became viral after it poked fun at the Australian team, calling them ‘cheats’. It was also shared by the former England player Kevin Pietersen. I

And now another video is doing the round on the internet. And one can say that the video is as hilarious as one can expect. The makers have dubbed the dialogues of famous Bollywood movie ‘Sholay’ and have morphed the characters’ faces with those of the players.

Interestingly, the former Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting plays the role of Gabbar while the disgraced trio could be seen begging for mercy from him. And if that was not enough, even Virat Kohli could be seen in the video who bursted into a laughter.

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SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - MARCH 29: An emotional Steve Smith is comforted by his father Peter as he fronts the media at Sydney International Airport on March 29, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were flown back to Australia following investigations into alleged ball tampering in South Africa. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

Smith to not appeal CA’s ban

Former Australia captain Steve Smith has confirmed via social media on Wednesday that he won’t appeal Cricket Australia’s ban which means he be will out from both international and domestic cricket for the next 12 months.

After Cricket Australia (CA) imposed 12 months ban on Steve Smith and David Warner, the cricket world including many greats felt the punishment doesn’t fit the crime and therefore there was a big chance of the ban to get reduced.

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But Smith himself declined to appeal for the ban and he wants to accept the message which CA wants to send by imposing the ban.

“I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country. But I meant what I said about taking full responsibility as Captain of the team. I won’t be challenging the sanctions. They’ve been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them,” Smith said on social media.

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On the other hand, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are yet to announce whether they will appeal or not.

Warner has been banned for 12 months and also had a lifetime leadership ban imposed on him while Bancroft who has just played 8 Test matches for Australia so fa, has been banned for 9 months.

All three have sought legal advice on whether to challenge their bans and Warner in particular is understood to be particularly keen to put his case to an independent code-of-conduct commissioner.

CA has made it clear its sanctions aren’t for ball tampering, rather conduct “contrary to the spirit of the game”, “unbecoming of a representative”, that “could be harmful to the interests of cricket and/or … brought the game of cricket into disrepute”.

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Tim Paine Admits that the Aggressive Approach of Australia Has to Change

Newly appointed Australian skipper Tim Paine stated that for his side to reform as a national team they require not to act but to listen. Following the ball tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test, former captain and vice-captain Steve Smith and David Warner were suspended with immediate effect for a year. Meanwhile, the man to carry out the act, Cameron Bancroft was handed a 9 month suspension.

The incident generated a huge backlash. The outrage even came from as high as the Prime Minister to every fan on their social media handles. Cricket Australia meanwhile has planned to review the culture of the men’s team. The newly appointed skipper and the outgoing coach Darren Lehmann have also resigned to the fact that it’s time for Australia’s attitude to change.

When asked about what plans they have going forward, Paine said that he and Australia’s newly appointed coach will sit down and chalk down a  blueprint on how to play in the immediate future. They will first listen to the Australian public as how the fans want their countrymen to behave on the cricket field.

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“We’ve potentially had our head in the sand a little bit over the last 12 months (thinking) if we continue to win we can kind of act and behave how we like and the Australian public will be OK with that,” Paine said on Tuesday following Australia’s 492 runs defeat to South Africa in the 4th and the final Test and the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

“What we’ve probably found out in the past month or so is that the Australian public and our fans don’t necessarily like the way we go about it. It’s pretty simple. We have to listen.  “We have to take it on board and we have to improve our behaviour in the way we play the game.

“I know the guys are certainly taking that on board and it’s something that we’re excited, again, to go forward and be able to do.” It was evident from the last Test at the Wanders. Gone was the Aussie side that sledged and kept chirping. There was a team who relied on their skills and ability. They were bound to leave their previous approach in the last Test in Cape Town.

Australia’s new direction might change the impact they had on the game but their attitude surely needs to change if ever so slightly. However, it depends on who Lehmann’s successor is. But Paine is confident of the fact that it won’t take for his side to stick to the new approach.

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Tim Paine will lead Australia in the fourth Test. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“I think it was probably evident in this match that we’d changed somewhat,” he said. “That will continue to happen. “We’ve obviously got a new coach coming in at some stage who would have huge say on how that is.

“But from my point of view, we’ve now got a fine line between being really respectful of opposition and the game and also being at a level that is really competitive as you should be in Test match cricket. It’s going to be a different style to what a lot of the guys have been used to, but I think we’ll find it pretty quickly.

“Once the new coach comes in and lays down the way he wants us to play as well, has his say on it, I think we’ll go for it straight away.” Faf du Plessis agreed the fact that they need to change the way they play which might be the first step n their right direction. South Africa is a perfect example of how to play tough yet respectful cricket.

“Obvious this Test match had a different feel to it, there was not as (much) competitiveness and other stuff as the other Test matches before it,” du Plessis said. It’s something we can only talk about in time, how it will change and what sort of things will happen, how it will happen.

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Tim Paine to be handed over the Test captaincy, as per the reports. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

“I don’t like to really comment on stuff not in my control. Their culture is something they’ve spoken about that they would like to change, and that’s good that they believe … if they’ve said it, it means it needs to change. Time will tell what sort of effect that will have on their dressing room.”

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Australian Cricketers Unions Calls on Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft Bans to be Reduced

The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), on Tuesday, insisted bans handed to Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft should get reduced.

The association backed its stance by claiming the punishment was disproportionate to previous ball-tampering cases.

Cricket Australia (CA) came down heavily on the disgraced trio in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal. The board banned Smith and Warner for 12 months while Bancroft was banned for nine months.

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Bancroft and Smith had admitted to the allegations (Credits: Getty)

Following the bans, the trio issued an emotional apology and accepted responsibility for the scandal.

But while the incident has drawn widespread criticism, the players have received sympathy from the cricketing fraternity. Many feel that the lengthy ban was harsh on the players. And the ACA is also thinking along the same lines.

Questioning CA’s quick decision, ACA president Greg Dyer said,

“Justice which is rushed can sometimes be very flawed”.

Dyer urged a relaxation of the bans to allow the men to return to domestic action sooner.

“These proposed penalties are disproportionate relative to precedent,” Dyer said.

He was quick to single out the punishment given to Smith by the International Cricket Council. The governing body suspended Smith for one Test and docked him his match fee.

Dyer further said the regret expressed by players has been “extraordinary” and should be taken into account. All the three players became emotional while speaking to the media last week.

“Their distressed faces have sent a message across the globe as effective as any sanctions could be. I think Australia cried with Steve Smith last Thursday, I certainly did,” said Dyer.

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Smith broke down during his press-conference (Credits: Getty)

“We consider that the players need to return to domestic cricket earlier and as part of their rehabilitation,” he added.

With the next World Cup and Ashes just over a year away, many feel that the trio should be playing domestic cricket. It would not only keep the players in touch but could also warrant selection.

Meanwhile, the players have until Thursday to inform Cricket Australia whether they accept their punishment or will opt for a hearing, as is their right.

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 29: WACA CEO Christina Matthews consoles Australian test Cricket player Cameron Bancroft while addressing the media at the WACA on March 29, 2018 in Perth, Australia. Bancroft returns home to Perth after being banned by Cricket Australia following his part in the ball tampering scandal in South Africa. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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Cameron Bancroft Will Make the Country Proud Again – Michael Klinger

Former Australian cricketer Michael Klinger showered heaps of praise to banned Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft. Meanwhile, Klinger was Bancroft teammates at Perth Scorchers and Western Australia.

Television footages showed Bancroft using some sandpaper to change the shape of the ball during the third Test. Since then, the 25-year-old Bancroft has gone through all.

Cricket Australia sanctioned him for 9 months for his involvement and debarred him from captaincy for the next two years. However, Bancroft is yet to confirm whether he will challenge the ban.

The exiled batsman did a press conference upon landing in the country and apologised for his mistakes. He also urged forgiveness and admitted that he will to regain trust with his actions.

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I know it is going to be a difficult journey back, but the moment I step outside this room is the moment I take the step forward to earning that respect back. Through this whole experience and whirlwind has been obviously shown how important the game of cricket is to Australia and the public, and we are representations of that,” Bancroft said back then.

Meanwhile, Klinger texted Bancroft to provide support to the young cricketer at a tumultuous time. The 37-year-old Klinger expected that it will among thousands of messages Bancroft received.

However, Bancroft’s reply was remarkable but unsurprising for Klinger.

His response summed up what Bangers, the person, is all about,” Klinger wrote in Player’s Voice. “He thanked me, then turned the discussion to my family. He said my wife, Cindy, is going through something of far greater significance than what he was experiencing in South Africa. That, he added, was true perspective,” Klinger added.

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Meanwhile, Klinger’s wife was diagnosed with cancer last December. Klinger thought the response was remarkable in such a time.

Personally, I think that’s a pretty remarkable way for a 25-year-old bloke to respond in the middle of the biggest crisis of his life, one that was being documented all over the world,” he added.

Despite the setback, Klinger is sure Bancroft will still enjoy a long and prosperous career wearing the baggy green.

I have no doubt Bangers will still be that ten-year player for Australia. He will have to earn his place back with strong performances for WA. And he’ll need to convince selectors he is a better option than the incumbent in the Test opening slot he gave up, a batsman who will no doubt be desperate to keep it.

But I reckon Cam has got what it takes. This won’t be the last we’ll see of him in the baggy green. He’ll make the country proud again,” he concluded.

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