Refuting all claims of softening of bans on former skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner for their involvement in ball tampering in the Cape Town Test, Cricket Australia on Wednesday dismissed the reports as "purely speculative".
Former Australian vice-captain is currently serving a one-year ban from Cricket Australia from participating in International and Domestic level cricket in the country for his involvement in ball-tampering incident against South Africa earlier this year. Warner went through the toughest phase of his life but he is on the way of getting over it by making comeback.
Following the ban from Cricket Australia, Warner was also not allowed to feature in the Indian Premier League 2018. Though, he is set to make comeback in the Global T20 Canada, where he will be playing for Winnipeg Hawks under the captaincy of Dwayne Bravo. Moreover, he recently struck a brilliant knock of 130 in a practise T20 match against Australia National High-Performance Squad.
Former Australia vice-captain David Warner is currently facing one-year ban for his involvement in ball tampering incident during a Test against South Africa at Cape Town. However, Warner is all set to make his comeback along with his banned teammate Cameron Bancroft, who was involved straight in ball tampering.
Couple of months back, Australian cricket was hit by a massive controversy of ball-tampering, which led to the ban of three cricketers. Two of them were captain and vice-captain of the team — Steven Smith and David Warner. The other one was Cameron Bancroft.
The ball-tampering saga not just affected these cricketers but also their families as well. Warner’s wife Candice is among the one who got affected heavily because of this incident.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad began their journey in the 11th edition of Indian Premier League by defeating Rajasthan Royals in their opening match on Monday at their home ground. The home crowd was certainly happy with the victorious start but this time it was a bit different for them as their star player and their former captain David Warner was missing because of the ban.
Not just fans but the team are also missing their title-winning captain as their current skipper Kane Williamson conveyed the message during the post-match ceremony. "No doubt we missed Davey (Warner). He's been a fantastic player for a lot of years. Good to see everyone stepping up," said Williamson.
He also spoke about positives and negatives from this game and added, "Guys were great on the field and all did their roles well. It was nice to see people step up well with both bat and ball. All the bowlers certainly played their part. We got wickets at key times, but it was important we fielded well. We took some really good catches. A team effort. Yes, there are small areas we can still improve. (On bowling a lot of short balls) It wasn't a planned thing, the surface was such that the short ball was coming on nicely. There was something for the pacers and the spinners while the batsmen were also to score runs. A fair surface actually. "
Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will face-off in the match four of the Indian Premier League on Monday without their skippers Steve Smith and David Warner who have been banned for one year after their hand in the controversial ball-tampering saga.
On Tuesday, after the ban imposed by Cricket Australia to Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for ball tampering during the 3rd Test against South Africa at Cape Town, Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) have raised their voice to reduce the bans on the trio. Facing media, ACA President Greg Dyer highlighted five key points in order to support his call for reducing the ban. In those five points, he subtly criticised Cricket Australia, for imposing such heavy punishment on the three cricketers.
In his conference, Dyer also said that the justice was rushed and said, "Changing the condition of the ball is the key element of the charge. It’s against the code of cricket and there is no place for it and what is in the spirit of the game is clearly important and relevant. So, Cricket Australia motivation is correct but justice which is rushed can sometime be flawed. Therefore, the players have every right to consider their position, take appropriate advice and the necessary time in doing so. The ACA has studied the history of this offence and provided a fact sheet for your information. "
After David Warner, now his wife Candice Warner too has opened up in media in order to bring her side of the story throughout the ball tampering saga. Candice, wife of David, was never in the right headspace during the South Africa-Australia series, especially after his fight with Quinton de Kock, which further led to another controversy before the ball tampering row came into action.
Speaking to media, Candice blamed herself too and said, “I feel like it's all my fault and it's killing me - it's absolutely killing me. He's just such an emotional wreck and I think he was sitting there hearing words but not really being able to process. If people could understand - which they probably won't because there's so many people out there that want answers - but if they could just sympathise just slightly with the month that he's had. I'm sure there were things he wanted to say but he just couldn't get it out. He is hurting. He is seriously, seriously struggling and he's not in a great headspace."
Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has extended his support to Australian trio Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft after all of them apologised and accepted punishments handed out to them by Cricket Australia for their roles in the ball-tampering saga.
Breaking silence over his role in the ball-tampering crisis, former Australia vice-captain David Warner apologised for betraying the people who supported him in his "journey as a cricketer. To the fans and the lovers of the game who have supported and inspired me on my journey as a cricketer, I want to sincerely apologise for betraying your trust in me," he said during a press conference, two days after returning to Sydney.