Australian bowlers garbage 'false' studies about fourth Test boycott towards South Africa in wake of ball-tampering scandal

Sydney: Australia’s prime bowlers on Sunday lashed out at “false” and “inflammatory” claims they have been planning a Test boycott if David Warner had not been kicked off the crew within the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.

File picture of Steve Smith and David Warner. Reuters

Warner was extensively seen because the instigator of the plot to make use of sandpaper to change the ball in the course of the third Test in Cape Town final 12 months, with rookie opener Cameron Bancroft finishing up plan and then-captain Steve Smith turning a blind eye.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Friday that Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon all meant to tug out of the fourth Test if Warner was not eliminated.

The newspaper, citing a number of sources, stated it “highlights the extent of the fracture within the dressing-room in the immediate aftermath”.

But a press release from the quartet on Sunday denied a boycott had been thought-about and, with Smith and Warner now free to play once more after their one-year bans expired on Friday, the bowlers stated they have been centered on “moving forward”.


“The article claims we intended to withdraw from the fourth Test during last year’s tour of South Africa had David Warner been free to play,” the assertion stated.

“This claim is disappointing on a number of fronts but most importantly because it is false.”

It added that allegations “which question our relationship with David are inflammatory and misleading”.

“As a team we are all focused on moving forward together and helping the Australian men’s team prepare for the World Cup and the Ashes.”

Smith and Warner’s reintegration into the worldwide fold has already begun with the pair assembly the one-day crew in Dubai this month as they gear up for the World Cup in England. Lyon and Cummins have been current, however the injured Starc and Hazlewood weren’t.

Asked on Thursday whether or not Warner’s return can be disruptive, Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts in contrast the scenario to some other office.

“What we’re focused on is doing everything we can to support Dave, Steve, Cameron and all of the other support staff with this integration… to build harmony rather than to disrupt the harmony that is building,” he stated.

“At the same time, let’s be open about it — in any workplace you don’t need to be best mates with everyone, but there needs to be a foundation of respect and I think there is growing respect there.”

He added that Smith, Warner, and Bancroft had all “owned their mistakes, they’ve paid a price and have served their time”.

The “sandpapergate” scandal triggered far-reaching penalties for Australian cricket.

Then-coach Darren Lehmann give up and all the highest brass from Cricket Australia left after a scathing evaluate stated their “arrogant and controlling” win-at-all-costs tradition was partly in charge for gamers bending the foundations.


Published Date: March 31, 2019

| Updated Date: March 31, 2019


Updated Date: Mar 31, 2019 09:54:59 IST