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Justin Langer Wants To Continue Coaching Australia Even After His Contract Ends

Justin Langer says he has taken on board the feedback from players over his coaching style and wants to remain at the helm of the national men’s team beyond his current contract.

On the eve of his first game in charge, since the widespread dressing room dissatisfaction was reported over his coaching style, Justin Langer said he had until recently not been aware of any criticism from players and key figures in Cricket Australia over his performance.

Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Justin Langer Loves His Job As Australian Coach And Wants To Continue The Job Even After His Contract Ends

In fact, he said, the reports he had received had been “overwhelmingly positive”. But white-ball captain Aaron Finch last week said Justin Langer had found player reviews of his methods “confronting” while praising the coach’s response to the critique.

Justin Langer is due to come out of contract next year after taking the reins in May 2018, just months after the Australian cricket was brought to its knees by the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. He says he wants to stay in the job beyond next year.

“If the board and the CEO and high-performance manager believe I’m the right person to keep leading us forward, absolutely. I absolutely love my job,” Langer said.

“I didn’t like losing to India in the amazing series, no one likes losing.Hopefully I’ve done a really good job the last three years, that’s been the feedback. Long may that continue.”

Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)
Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)
“Until my contract comes up in a year’s time or beyond I’ll be doing what I always do. I’ll be working really hard to help Australian cricket become a great Australian cricket team.”

Justin Langer said he was hurt and confused by some of the criticism he received from the players over his style of working but remains keen to lead the side and get an extension when his current contract runs out next year. Reports of dressing-room unrest and discontent over his coaching style surfaced after Australia was beaten 2-1 in the test series at home by an injury-ravaged India in January.

The players took part in an end-of-season review with leadership consultant Tim Ford, and Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch said this week that Justin Langer had cleared the air before flying with the team to West Indies.

Justin Langer ‘Hurt And Confused’ By Criticism But Has No Plans To Quit As Australia Coach

Justin Langer has been widely praised for overseeing an improvement in player behaviour but there has been discontent among players and staff over what they say is his intensity and mood swings.

“I haven’t changed much in twenty-odd years of being involved in Australian cricket. Some of the things I was reading was a bit confusing actually. If I’m completely honest I was really hurt by some of it,” Langer said.

“Maybe I am being a sook but in three years I hadn’t heard from the chairman, the CA board, I hadn’t heard from the two CEOs, I hadn’t heard from the high-performance managers, I hadn’t heard from any of the people I work with and I certainly hadn’t heard from any of the players which has been so widely reported.”

Dan Christian in the nets ahead of the first T20 between Australia and West Indies at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in Saint Lucia. Photograph: Randy Brooks/AFP/Getty Images
Dan Christian in the nets ahead of the first T20 between Australia and West Indies at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in Saint Lucia. Photograph: Randy Brooks/AFP/Getty Images

“Not once have the players or any of those people … in fact the feedback I’ve been given for three years has been overwhelmingly positive of the role that I’ve been able to play as a coach and more importantly [the place] where the team’s come [to] – and that’s what it’s about. I’ll take on board, just like you guys in the media. I am, the team is, the players are, and I’m looking forward to that.”

Despite recent reports of player disharmony, Justin Langer said he was enjoying being back among his charges for the tour of the West Indies.

“We addressed some of those issues,” Langer said.

Cricket Australia appointed the former opening batsman as the head coach on a four-year contract in 2018 after Darren Lehmann stepped down in the wake of the damaging ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
Dan Christian is set to make a comeback after the hiatus of four years in the first T20 against the West Indies on Saturday. After 7 experienced Australian cricketers pulled out, the likes of  Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, and Mitchell Swepson may get a chance.

West Indies probable playing XI: Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen, Obed McCoy, Fidel Edwards

Australia probable playing XI: Aaron Finch (c), Matt Wade, Josh Philippe, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Daniel Christian, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
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Justin Langer Must Change Coaching Style As Per Feedback From 40 Players And Staff

Justin Langer must change his coaching style if he wants to continue in his role, an end-of-season review of cricket Down Under has warned. The 50-year-old was given “strong and straightforward” feedback — taken from 40 players and support staff — about his coaching style as part of the team’s regular end-of-season reviews.

Australia men’s cricket players are moving towards taking greater control of the dressing room as a robust end-of-season review has highlighted that head coach Justin Langer needs to change his ways.

The review was done by players and support staff, and as a process, Justin Langer was given strong feedback about his coaching style and team manager Gavin Dobey was also given a straightforward talk, reported Sydney Morning Herald.

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Australia. Image Credits: Twitter

Justin Langer’s Intense Management Coaching Style Dissatisfied Australian Cricketers According To Tim Ford’s Report

After Australia suffered a 1-2 defeat against India in the Border Gavaskar Trophy earlier this year, there was dissatisfaction with Justin Langer’s intense management style. It was also revealed that frustration at the team was brought down by the coach’s shifting moods. The end-season-season review comprises of opinions of up to 40 players and support staff.

“This is effectively identical to the process undertaken before the last World Cup and the 2019 Ashes where the team performed strongly,” Sydney Morning Herald quoted CA’s national teams boss Ben Oliver as saying.

Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source : AP IMAGE
Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy
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“It’s part of our ongoing commitment to on- and off-field improvement and we expect it will have a similar benefit in the team’s preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup and home Ashes.
“Tim is again assisting us as he has in the past with gathering feedback and insights from players and staff. It’s always a thought-provoking and energizing process which we get great value,” he added.

A second review process was conducted by leadership consultant Tim Ford and it will reaffirm the players’ intent to take more ownership of the side. Tim Ford went on to interview players virtually towards the end of the home season and their responses will be kept anonymous. He asked every member for their thoughts on team values and what needed to be updated.

The review only confirms the reports which had come after Australia’s 2-1 shock loss to India in 2021. During the high-profile series, it was revealed that players were facing difficulties in coping up with Justin Langer’s intensity and micro-management.

Cricket Australia (CA) has now claimed that Tim Ford’s review meeting was not as hard on Langer as the player review and the 50-year-old head coach will be appraised soon. Justin Langer’s four-year contract comes to end in 2022 and the renewal of it will solely depend on the response from the former opening batter.

Justin Langer Will Also Receive Tim Ford’s Report

Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, and Aaron Finch will now be presented with this end-season report next week. Justin  Langer will also be receiving feedback from Tim Ford’s report. Tim Ford was hired by Cricket Australia two years ago to facilitate the reintegration of Steve Smith and David Warner into the side after their ball-tampering bans. Australia will next take on West Indies in five T20Is and three ODIs in July this year.

Justin Langer(AP)
Justin Langer(AP)

Justin Langer was appointed as the head coach on a four-year contract in 2018 after Darren Lehmann had stepped down in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal. The players also expressed discontentment towards team manager Gavin Dovey. Justin Langer’s response to the feedback across the rest of the year will decide whether he will be handed a new contract.

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.

Shane Warne (left) (RR) and MS Dhoni (CSK) - AP
Shane Warne (left) (RR) and MS Dhoni (CSK) - AP
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Simon Taufel Picks Top Three Cricketing Brains During His Umpiring Career

The world-famous cricket umpire Simon Taufel is also known for his deeper understanding of cricket whose started his career of umpiring at the age of 24 as a club umpire and umpired for 17 years even winning the best umpire award for five consecutive years in the international arena.

Simon Taufel also officiated in the 2011 World Cup finals but was unable to do it for many other finals of ICC events since his country Australia played in those finals thereby depriving him officiating as the home umpire is not allowed. His knowledge of cricket saw him taking the role of ICC’s umpire performance and training manager.

Simon Taufel Twitter
Simon Taufel Twitter

Simon Taufel: Darren Lehmann, Shane Warne and MS Dhoni have the best cricketing brain

Simon Taufel recently spoke on the best cricketing brain he had seen during his umpiring career on the podcast, 22 yarns with Gaurav Kapur. The debate on the person having the best cricketing brain is going on for a long period.

The former umpire, Simon Taufel interacted with a lot of cricketers during his tenure but picked up Darren Lehmann, Shane Warne and former Indian skipper MS Dhoni to have the best cricketing brain, besides applauding Dhoni’s sense of humour and calmness maintained by him on the field.

Kuldeep Yadav (left) and MS Dhoni | Deepak Malik/SPORTZPICS
Kuldeep Yadav (left) and MS Dhoni | Deepak Malik/SPORTZPICS

According to him, MS Dhoni is not only calm, relaxed apart from having a good sense of humour and been praised by ‘cricket pundits’ for knowledge of cricket and his directions behind the stumps have always helped spinners.

“MS Dhoni, I find him amazing. He’s got one of the best cricket brains I’ve ever come across – [him], Darren Lehmann and Shane Warne would be the top three cricket brains that I’ve been fortunate to come across. MS Dhoni is so calm – he’s so relaxed – but he’s also got a sense of humour that most people wouldn’t get to see,” he said.

Recently, leg spinner Kuldeep Yadav said that with MS Dhoni behind the stumps, no coach was needed. The former captain stayed the skipper for almost a decade and changed his decisions based on gut feelings which changed the course of the match.

Unlike MS Dhoni, Darren Lehmann Hasn’t Captained Australia And Shane Warne Has Led In Only 11 ODIs

 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has captained India from 2007 to 2016 including being a Test skipper from 2008 to 2014. He is the only captain to win all ICC trophies- inaugural 2007 T20I WC trophy, 2011 ODI World cup and 2013 Champions Trophy. MS Dhoni has won 27 out of 60 tests he captained for India and has most wins 41 in T20Is as captain out of 72 matches.

However, Simon Taufel’s other pick Darren Lehmann has never captained his side Australia and spinner Shane Warne has only led in 11 one day internationals but stayed as deputy most of the time since his behaviour outside cricket denied him becoming full-time permanent skipper.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne

The leg spinner also led Rajasthan Royals to an incredible win in the inaugural 2008 Indian Premier League while Darren Lehmann became coach of Australia before resigning after the infamous ball-tampering case.

He stepped down as head coach after the fourth test match versus South Africa in March 2018 following the scandal and was originally thought to be involved, but was finally cleared of blame after the conclusion of an investigation by Cricket Australia.

Darren Lehmann
Darren Lehmann. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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India Should Adopt Split Coaching – Darren Lehmann

Former Australian head coach Darren Lehmann believes it is high time that the cricket world should adopt split coaching. The Indian team has always had a hectic schedule over the years and it would make sense if the coaching the national side is divided amongst different coaches for different formats. Currently, India’s chief coach Ravi Shastri takes care of all the three forms of the game whereas he gets help from the assistant coaches.

We have seen that some of the teams like England and Australia have already embraced the concept of split captaincy in the different forms of the game. Darren Lehmann believes it is hard for the coach to be always traveling with the team and stay away from the family given the tight schedule of the International fixtures.

Darren Lehmann
Darren Lehmann. Photo Credit: AP.

Split coaches are the way forward – Darren Lehmann

“I think split coaches is the way to go in India as well as here,” Lehmann told BBC. “You just can’t be away for 200 days a year. It’s too much for the family and it’s too much pressure on a single coach.”

“I think to get longevity out of your coaches you have to have split roles,” he added.

Lehmann has had the experience of coaching the Australian team and it was under his tenure when the ball-tampering scandal had shaken the cricket world. On the other hand, Lehmann also has the experience of coaching in the IPL and the BBL. Lehmann believes the coaching can be split into white ball and red ball versions.

 

“It might be a white ball or red-ball cricket. You have to see how that works. I see that evolving and maybe the stage they start talking to the players on the ground but that’s probably way off,” the 50-year-old said.

On the other hand, Trevor Bayliss, England’s head coach also spoke on the same lines. Bayliss gave credit to Eoin Morgan for leading the team with aplomb. England has turned the tide in the last five years and Morgan has played a key role in the same.

Ravi Shastri, Darren Lehmann
Ravi Shastri. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Eoin Morgan has been brilliant for England – Trevor Bayliss

“Morgs (Morgan) is a deep thinker. He has certainly got the player’s respect and as a coach. And as a coach you definitely need that to get on,” Bayliss said.

“What he did for the white-ball team over the last five years has been outstanding. I’m sure if he wanted to go into that he’d make a pretty good,” he added.

Meanwhile, India had recently retained Ravi Shastri as their head coach with Bharat Arun as bowling coach and R Sridhar as fielding coach. Vikram Rathour had replaced Sanjay Bangar as India’s batting coach.

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Michael Hussey, Chennai Super Kings’ Batting Coach, Among Shortlisted Candidates For Kings XI Punjab’s Head Coach Job: Report

Chennai Super Kings’ batting coach Michael Hussey is one of the shortlisted candidates on the list of Kings XI Punjab, who will finalise their head coach for the upcoming season of the league next year, a report in Mumbai Mirror suggests.

Also Read: MS Dhoni’s injury behind his absence from international cricket – report

Andy Flower, Darren Lehmann and George Bailey are three other shortlisted candidates on KXIP’s management list.

MS Dhoni, Michael Hussey
Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Staring from Hussey, the Australia legend had joined Chennai Super Kings as batting coach prior to the start of IPL 2018.  He continues to hold the role under the leadership of head coach, Stephen Fleming. Should he join KXIP, Hussey will be promoted to the rank of head coach from batting coach.

Though it is unlikely that he will leave his role at CSK. The Chennai-based franchise has the tendency to stick to the coaches for long, unlike KXIP. Fleming has been part of CSK’s set-up since the inception of IPL – as a player and as a coach.

Also Read: Should Rohit Sharma be appointed India’s T20I captain? Yuvraj Singh has his say

Flower, another high-profile name on the list, served as England’s head coach for five years. Under him, England touched highs and also saw lows. After England’s abysmal show in Ashes 2013/14, where they lost to Australia 5-0, Flower stepped down from his role.

The former Zimbabwe captain has never coached a team in IPL.

Ian Chappell, Australia, Steven Smith
Photo Credit: AFP.

Lehmann, the former KXIP player, has also been part of their set-up. He held the position of Australia’s head coach for nearly five years. Lehmann’s stint was to come to an end after recently concluded Ashes 2019 but he stepped down last year in wake of the ball-tampering scandal that took place in March 2018 on Australia’s tour of South Africa.

Lehmann has also coached Deccan Charges. They won the second edition of the T20 league in 2009.

The last name on the list is that of Bailey, who captain Australia on his T20I debut (against India in 2012). He hasn’t retired from the game yet and is playing the ongoing Marsh Cup for Tasmania.
He was in the fray to make his Test comeback last year after the ball-tampering scandal but the call didn’t come.

Should Bailey be selected as the head coach of KXIP, he might take a call on his playing career.

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