Bancroft suggests that some Australian bowlers were aware of the plot to tamper with the ball

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Cricket Australia asks for ‘new information’ on sandpaper ball mess scandal after Cameron Bancroft suggested some bowlers KNEW what was going on

  • Three Australian players were banned in 2018 due to controversy over ball tampering
  • Bancroft used sandpaper on the ball during Test match against South Africa
  • Captain Steve Smith, Vice Captain David Warner and Bancroft received suspensions
  • No other player was penalized, but Bancroft seems to have said the bowlers knew

Cricket Australia has invited those with new evidence regarding their test team’s 2018 ball tampering scandal to come forward, after Cameron Bancroft suggested the bowlers knew what was going on.

In an interview with The Guardian, Bancroft said it was ‘natural’ when asked if part of an Australian attack consisting of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Marsh and Nathan Lyon knew the state of the ball was being changed. .

“CA has always maintained that if anyone is in possession of new information regarding the 2018 Cape Town test, they should come forward and present it,” said a spokesman for the Australian board.

Cameron Bancroft’s comments could prompt new investigation into the ball mess scandal

Bancroft (pictured) was caught applying sandpaper to the ball against South Africa in 2018

Bancroft (pictured) was caught applying sandpaper to the ball against South Africa in 2018

The research then conducted was detailed and comprehensive. Since then, no one has presented any new information to CA that casts doubt on the study’s findings. ‘

When asked about the knowledge of others, Bancroft, who aired a nine-month ban and has played only two Tests since then, said, “ Yeah, look, I just wanted to be responsible and accountable for my own actions and role.

Yes, it is clear that what I did benefited bowlers and the awareness about that probably speaks for itself. I think one thing I learned on the trip and being responsible is where the money ends [with Bancroft himself]. If I had been more aware, I would have made a much better decision. Asked again if the bowlers knew, after a pause, he would have replied, ‘Uh … yeah, look, I think, yeah, it probably speaks for itself.’

David Warner, Steve Smith (pictured right) and Bancroft (pictured left) were all banned

David Warner, Steve Smith (pictured right) and Bancroft (pictured left) were all banned

In the investigation that followed South Africa’s 322 victory, only Bancroft, who applied sandpaper to the leather surface of the ball, plus Captain Steve Smith and Vice Captain David Warner were penalized.

The senior duo served a 12-month suspension and were denied leadership roles with Australian teams for two years and life, respectively.

Coach Darren Lehmann retired a few days later. CA Chairman David Peever, Pat Howard, the high performance manager, and Mark Taylor, an executive director, resigned later that year.

Former Captain Smith at a press conference following the ball tampering scandal

Former Captain Smith at a press conference following the ball tampering scandal

Twelve months after the Newlands episode, Kevin Roberts, CEO of Cricket Australia, defended the work of the governing body’s integrity unit between that match and the next in Johannesburg. XI depending on the findings of the investigation.

In other words, they were prepared for ex-head of integrity Iain Ross to punish none of the team or all of them. The end result was that Bancroft was punished for his actions, Warner for directing them, and Smith for allowing events to unfold under his watch.

In March 2019, Roberts added that if anyone was “ concerned about ball tampering or any concerns about an in-game integrity issue, we invited them to report it through our anonymous integrity hotline or through other means available to them. to be. ‘. He said, “If there are reports or allegations rather than innuendo, we will investigate this thoroughly.”

Warner (pictured) and Smith were banned for their roles in the scandal

Warner (pictured) and Smith were banned for their roles in the scandal

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