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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.

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.

Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)
Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Steve Smith’s Return As Australian Test Captain Acceptable, Says Simon Longstaff

Steve Smith might not be the main man in his new IPL team Delhi Capitals but is certainly the go-to player as far as Australian Test cricket is concerned. After the 31-year-old batsman was stripped of the captaincy after his involvement in the sandpaper gate controversy which led to a subsequent ban, he has not only made a comeback in the international arena but in style silencing critics with the willow.

For now, Tim Paine continues to lead the Australian side in the Tests, but his own performance has been rather questionable for some time now. On the flip side, Steve Smith has expressed his interest in leading the Australian side once again. Now his chances of captaining Australia have received a boost, after the man who led the cultural review into the team, has endorsed his credentials.

Steve Smith, Tim Paine
Steve Smith, Tim Paine. Image-Twitter

Steve Smith Has Paid The Penalty, Accepted Wrongdoing, And Was Remorseful: Dr. Simon Longstaff

Dr. Simon Longstaff, whose probe led to Steve Smith being banned for a year and suspended from leadership roles until May 2020, has said he has no objections with Steve Smith leading the side.

“I’ve always believed that if people have done the wrong thing, have paid a particular penalty and they show that they have been open in their acceptance of wrongdoing and genuinely remorseful, then they should not be excluded for all opportunities into the future, and I would apply that to Steven Smith,” Longstaff, head of the Ethics Centre, said in an interview with The Age newspaper.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Three years after the shocking ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, Steve Smith is yet to be considered to lead Australia again. After serving a 12-month ban, he returned to play for his country again along with David Warner and have brought laurels for Australia with the bat. David Warner won’t be leading for Australia again, while Steve Smith was stripped of the captaincy for one more year post-ban.

The period has ended a long time back but the selectors have stuck to Tim Paine being the Test captain while Aaron Finch is at the helm in the limited-overs format. Steve Smith himself expressed his keenness to lead his country again earlier this year in March of course if the selectors were considering him for the position.

In an interesting turn of events, Cricket Australia’s cultural reviewer Dr. Simon Longstaff, the philosopher who led CA’s probe in the ball-tampering scandal, has tentatively endorsed Steve Smith to return as a national captain.

Tim Paine Has Reached 37 And His Batting And Captaincy Hasn’t Been Upto Mark In Recent Times

Tim Paine’s captaincy and his wicket-keeping standards have come under severe criticism ever since India thrashed Australia 2-1 in the recently-concluded 4 match Test series. Tim Paine has led his country to 11 wins, four draws, and eight defeats.

 

 

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

Tim Paine will also turn 37 on the eve of the Ashes Test 2021-22. The current skipper is struggling to justify his place in the team, mostly because of his ineffective batting and his two series losses to India at home. The schedule for the Ashes — that will conclude in Perth next January — will be confirmed by Cricket Australia on May 12-13.

Darren Lehmann
Darren Lehmann wasn't amused with the English fans carrying sandpaper during the 1st ODI at the Oval between Australia and England. Image Courtesy: Getty Images
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Darren Lehmann Blasts English Fans over Sandpaper Taunts

Former Australian coach, Darren Lehmann blasted the English fans for poking fun at the visiting team with sandpapers.

Fans were being handed pieces of sandpaper, as they made their way to the stadium for the 1st ODI between Australia and England.

Darren Lehmann Blasts English Fans over Sandpaper Taunts 1
Darren Lehmann to step down from head coach role after this series. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Lehmann tweeted,

“your (sic) better than that?” to a British journalist, Alison Mitchell after she posted a photo of sandpaper four and six cards being handed out to the spectators.

The ‘Australian ball-tampering grade sandpaper’ turned out to be a master-stroke when it comes to marketing. Most of the fans had a piece of it to annoy the Aussies.

Australia floored on and off the field

Tim Paine and his bunch of boys walked out in the park for the first time since the Cape Town controversial Test match. The visitors were bowled out for mere 214 runs and went on to lose the game by three wickets.

The former cricketer, Dean Jones wasn’t too amused either. He tweeted,

“Did any of the same retailers responded in the same way in 1994 when Athers was done for the same charge? That would be a no wouldn’t it… piff”.

Justin Langer, who replaced Lehmann for the top job, called the cricketers ‘spoiled brats’. He slammed then skipper Steven Smith for not being able to manage the situation. He also went on to say the Australian side of the past did command that kind of respect. They earned it through their hard-fought brand of cricket, unlike the recent team.

“Once upon a time, the opposition didn’t like us because we played really good, hard cricket. We were very skilful, and we won a lot of games. “It’s easy to dislike the opposition if they’re good, but there have been too many whispers in the last 12 months or so about the abuse on the field, or dare I say, the side playing like spoilt brats,” Langer said.

Steven Smith
Steven Smith reveals what he had gone through after the ball-tampering scandal in March against South Africa.
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Steven Smith Opens up About his Adversities Post Ball-Tampering Scandal

Disgraced Australia skipper, Steven Smith, recently opened up for the first time after the ball-tampering scandal which shook the cricketing world early this year.

Smith, along with vice-captain David Warner, and prime perpetrator of the ‘Sandpaper Gate’, opener Cameron Bancroft, were banned for 9-12 months from playing competitive cricket in/for Australia,

Further, the Smith and Warner will not get back to their coveted post in the Australian team for two years, due to the events which transpired at Cape Town.

Sourav Ganguly, Steven Smith
Sobbing Steven Smith. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

People who supported me through the whole time made a huge difference: Smith

Smith was nominated as the special guest at Sydney’s Knox Grammar School’s year six and senior school assembly, as part of the students’ Gotcha 4 Life Foundation.

There, the former Australian captain went on to claim he spent four straight days weeping, failing to recover from the mental blow.

The number one ranked Test batsman in the world credited his family and friends for the role they played during his recovery, in a tough time in his career.

Also Read: Dwayne Bravo Picks the Best Between Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara.

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Steve Smith during an event in Sydney. Credits: newsapi.com.au.

To be honest, I probably spent four days in tears. I was really struggling mentally. And I was really lucky that I had some close friends and family members. With whom I could speak to at all hours of the day,” Steve Smith quoted during the event.

The people that I had supporting me through that whole time made a huge difference to the headspace I am in now,” continued Smith.

Also Read: Praises From Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli And MS Dhoni Lifted My Confidence: Rashid Khan.

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Warner and Smith were banned for one year. Photo Credit: AP.

After a while, Smith’s fan received rare good news, as he would soon be getting back into cricketing action. Along with Warner, in the Global T20 Canada league starting from June 28.

Steven Smith will represent the Toronto Nationals while Warner will don the jersey of Winnipeg Hawks.

Nathan Lyon, Australia
Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Nathan Lyon Believes Throwing Tantrums Won’t Make Australians Cry

The ball-tampering row resulted in year-long bans to Australia captain Steven Smith and his deputy David Warner. Whereas, besieged ball-tamperer Cameron Bancroft got suspended for nine months.

Darren Lehmann, the former head coach of Baggy Green got cleared of any wrongdoing in the case before resigning from the coveted post.

But, Lehman eventually got replaced by former teammate Justin Langer.

Justin Langer, Nathan Lyon
Justin Langer has been appointed as Australia’s head coach. Image Courtesy: Twitter

The damage to Australia’s reputation has been immense with local fans disgusted and significant sponsors abruptly ending its support with the team.

However, Australia will tour England for the limited-overs series and will look forward to preparing for the World Cup in 2019 scheduled in England.

Tim Paine, Nathan Lyon
Tim Paine has also appointed as Australia’s full-time captain. Image Courtesy: Twitter

The new look Australian side will be led by the Tasmanian batsman, Tim Paine. The wicketkeeper-batsman Paine got appointed as the captain of the team after Steven Smith’s exit.

The selectors have also picked up off-spinner Nathan Lyon in the One-day International team for the first time since 2016.

Lyon feels the throwing tantrums by the English fans and media won’t make the Australians cry.

Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon last played in the ODI format in 2016. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“I’ve never played in England where they haven’t given it to us. There’s no point taking some tissues out with us, we’ve just got to stand out there and cop it. It’s a good chance for Australian cricket to move on and a good chance for Australian players to rebuild the trust and faith of the Australian public and earn back their respect,” Lyon told reporters as quoted by Reuters.

Nathan Lyon
Lyon wants to play in all the three formats of the game. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

In addition, Nathan Lyon also talked about his agenda after getting picked for English tour.

Moreover, the wily customer Lyon stated it is a perfect opportunity to make an impression in the limited overs format.

“It’s well documented that I want to play in all three formats for Australia, that’s my goal,” remarked Lyon.

“To get this opportunity and be included in the squad and to head over to England, where the World Cup is being played that’s going to be a massive advantage,” he concluded.

Australia’s One Day International squad against England

Tim Paine (c), Aaron Finch (VC), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis and Andrew Tye

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Warner and Smith were banned for one year. Photo Credit: AP.
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Minute Chances of Steven Smith, David Warner Playing County Cricket

The chances of Steven Smith and David Warner playing the County Cricket (Surrey) looks minimum as of now.

As per a report in Sportstar, the county club has no plans to sign any of the two cricketers.

The chances of these two playing county cricket were gained strength when M di Venuto, the Head Coach of Surrey, said these two could play the domestic matches in England.

Adam Voges, Australia, Cameron Bancroft, Steven Smith, Cape Town, South Africa
Smith, Warner and Bancroft were banned for one year. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Smith and Warner, along with Cameron Bancroft, were banned by Cricket Australia for their involvement in ‘sandpaper gate’.

(Read Here: Cricket Australia denies appointing Justin Langer as Head Coach)

While the duo was banned for one year, Bancroft will have to sit out for nine months. The rules in the ban allow all the three cricketers to play grade cricket in Australia and county cricket in England.

It seemed like they will play county cricket as well, but Somerset terminated Bancroft’s contract, thus stating they will not allow a banned player.

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Steven Smith and David Warner are unlikely to play county cricket. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

There were reports that Surrey was interested in Smith, but now chances of him plying his trade in county cricket look minute.

(Read Here: Slowly things are turning in a good direction: Dinesh Karthik)

Already, Smith and Warner were also banned from IPL, as BCCI decided not to allow banned players to play in the league. Both the players were retained by their franchises and were to lead their teams as well.

While Rajasthan Royals had to hand over captaincy job to Ajinkya Rahane, Sunrisers Hyderabad opted for Kane Williamson as captain. Smith, Warner and Bancroft are open to making a comeback as soon as their ban period gets over.

Both Warner and Smith will have their eye on the 2019 World Cup, where Australia will go as the defending champions.

Australia will also have a new captain in the World Cup, as Smith cannot take the role for two years while Warne will never be considered for the job, again.

On the other hand, Bancroft will eye Ashes 2019. He will have to perform well in domestic cricket to earn a comeback to the national side.

Recently, Cricket Australia also dropped the three players from central contract list, as they were not eligible to be handed contracts over the ‘sandpaper gate’.

2018 Commonwealth Games
2018 Commonwealth Games
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Commonwealth Games Helped Australia Restore Global Reputation, Says CWG Chairman

Peter Beattie, the chairman of Commonwealth Games organising committee 2018, has said the event had restored Australia’s global reputation (post sandpaper gate),

“This has more than restored Australia’s global reputation. Our sportsmanship on show during the Commonwealth Games is what the essence of Australia is about – fair sport, no cheating and applauding the winners,” he said.

The games just did not help Australia restore the global reputation but also helped the county to forget that incident.

Commonwealth Games Helped Australia Restore Global Reputation, Says CWG Chairman 3
Photo Credit: CA

The ‘Sandpaper Gate’ saga took place during the third Test between South Africa and Australia last month. Cameron Bancroft, the Australian opener, used sandpaper to rough one side of the ball to get undue advantage.

He was caught during the act when the incident was televised on the giant screen.

Cricket Australia formed a committee to know the roles of other players as well. In the end, Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were the three players who were found to be involved in the incident. Smith and Warner were banned for one year while Bancroft was handed a ban of nine months.

David Warner Steven Smith
(Credits: Getty)

Along with it, both Smith and Bancroft were banned from captaincy post for 24 months. Warner, the former vice-captain, will never be considered for the job in future. The ban also saw Smith and Warner getting ruled out of IPL.

Bancroft, on the other hand, saw his Somerset deal getting terminated. The ban on players and the saga was a big blow for Australia, but the Commonwealth Games came at the right time.

In fact, Australia also topped the medal tally with a total of 198 medals at the games. The host country won a total of 79 gold, 59 silver and 60 bronze medals. Interestingly, Brandon Starc, the brother of Mitchell Starc – Australia’s leading pacer – also won a medal in the event.

He won a gold medal in the high jump for his country after 24 years.

Here is the news feed –

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