Age, The (Melbourne, Australia) – Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft have accepted Cricket Australia’s lengthy bans for their roles in Australia’s ball-tampering crisis, sharpening the focus on the alleged architect of the plot David Warner.

Summary

  • Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft have accepted Cricket Australia’s lengthy bans for their roles in Australia’s ball-tampering crisis, sharpening the focus on the alleged architect of the plot David Warner.
  • Exiled captain Smith made good his vow to take full responsibility for his actions on Wednesday, shocking the governing body with the timing of his announcement.
  • Warner has been suspended for a year and, unlike Smith, had his aspirations for a leadership position extinguished by the board.
  • CA was surprised when they learnt of Smith’s decision, having not expected to hear back from players until Thursday.
  • By choosing not to contest the severity of the ban, Smith has given himself every chance to win back the support of the public, which had already expressed great sympathy for him following his emotion-charged mea culpa last Thursday.


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