Stuff – New Australia coach Justin Langer has opened the door for axed vice-captain David Warner to return to the side but an Australian cricket journalist says half of Australia’s players “can’t stand him”.

Summary

  • New Australia coach Justin Langer has opened the door for axed vice-captain David Warner to return to the side but an Australian cricket journalist says half of Australia’s players “can’t stand him”.
  • A Cricket Australia (CA) investigation found that Warner had masterminded the plan with former captain Steve Smith and opener Cameron Bancroft to cheat by tampering with the ball during the third test against South Africa in Cape Town in March.
  • Veteran cricket journalist Robert Craddock said potentially welcoming back Warner to the Australian side was the biggest problem Langer faces because the 31-year-old opener’s former Australia team-mates don’t want to play with him again.
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  • “Langer wants mateship in the team and I don’t believe mateship and Warner are compatible, because half the players can’t stand him, they contacted Cricket Australia saying they didn’t want to play with him again.”


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