Steve Smith, David Warner bans could be revoked ahead of India series

Paola Ditto
Novembre 9, 2018

Former captain Smith and batsman Warner were both banned for 12 months after Australia were found guilty of ball-tampering during a Test match against South Africa.

Cricket Australia will give "due consideration" to the Australian Cricketers Association's (ACA) demand of revoking the ball-tampering bans on Steve Smith and David Warner, said board CEO Kevin Roberts.

However, the board has now come under vast pressure from the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) to revoke the bans after the Longstaff review which has also blamed the board for the fiasco which has tarnished Cricket Australia. It was addressed to the board rather than to me or all management. However, Cameron Bancroft got a 9-month ban. "So not for me to comment on a board matter other than to say that the board will be respecting that submission and giving it due consideration", he added.

All three players have been unable to feature for the Australian national team and in the domestic Sheffield Shield and Big Bash Twenty20 competitions.

The one-day team, now led by Aaron Finch, have lost their last seven including a 5-0 whitewash by England and a stinging defeat in Sunday's series-opener against South Africa in Perth after Pakistan had completed a 3-0 sweep of the Twwenty20 global series in the UAE.

Australia have been struggling in the absence of Smith and Warner.

After the ODI and one-off T20 against South Africa, Australia will host India for three T20s, four Tests and three ODIs starting November 21.

Roberts, who was also part of the tumultuous pay dispute with the players previous year, wants to fix the relationship with the players and that it remains a top priority.

"I think what's really important is that we at Cricket Australia need to embrace the players and we need to make sure that the players feel a really valued part of Cricket Australia", he said. "There's no doubt that we need to face up to the review and the fact that it acknowledged that the organization hasn't been united enough across the playing and long-playing sides", Roberts said.

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