Michael Clarke says bowlers in Australia would be aware of messing with sandpaper balls

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Australian bowlers WOULD have known tampering with sandpaper balls, ex-captain Michael Clarke says – after Cameron Bancroft hinted more players were involved in the cheating that saw him, Steve Smith and David Warner were ashamed

  • Cameron Bancroft hinted that the Australian bowlers were aware of the plot of sandpaper tampering during the South Africa Test in March 2018.
  • He said it was “probably natural” for other players to know about the plot
  • It has thrown new suspicions about the Australian team that played in Cape Town
  • Ex-captain Michael Clarke says bowlers would have been aware of the plan
  • Bancroft, Steve Smith and David Warner were only players who were penalized at the time

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has suggested that it is highly likely that the team’s bowlers were aware of the plot to mess the ball with sandpaper.

Clarke’s comments came after Cameron Bancroft, who was sanctioned along with captain Steve Smith and vice captain David Warner for his role in the 2018 scandal, pointed out that more players knew what was going on.

Bancroft said it was ‘obvious’ when asked if part of an Australian attack consisting of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Marsh and Nathan Lyon knew the condition of the ball was being changed by sandpaper hidden in trouser pockets. .

Cameron Bancroft's comments (pictured) could prompt a new investigation, which Australian players found out about the scandal of messing the ball in South Africa in March 2018.

Cameron Bancroft’s comments (pictured) could prompt a new investigation, which Australian players found out about the scandal of messing the ball in South Africa in March 2018.

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

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

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

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has suggested that the bowlers knew what was going on

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has suggested that the bowlers knew what was going on

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has suggested that the bowlers knew what was going on

That has sparked another round of speculation about who knew what about attempts to roughen one side of the ball with sandpaper during South Africa’s third test match at Newlands in Cape Town.

Cricket Australia has invited those with new evidence related to the scandal to come forward.

Clarke, whose 12-year career with Australia ended in 2015, was skeptical that the bowlers wouldn’t have known what was going on.

He told Sky Sports Radio in quotes reported by the Sydney Morning Herald: ‘When you exercise at the highest level, you know your tools so well that it is not funny.

Can you imagine that ball being thrown back to the bowler and the bowler not knowing about it? Please!’

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

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

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

Former Captain Smith in tears at a press conference after the scandal messed with the ball

Former Captain Smith in tears at a press conference after the scandal messed with the ball

Former Captain Smith in tears at a press conference after the scandal messed with the ball

Clarke added: “I love how the articles in the paper are:” It’s such a great surprise that Cameron Bancroft has a … “

Actually, if you read his quotes, it’s not what he said as what he didn’t say in regards to other people who knew about ‘sandpapergate’.

What’s the surprise? That more than three people knew?

“I don’t think anyone who has played, or knows anything about cricket, in such a team, at the highest level, would know when the ball is such an important part of the game.

“I don’t think anyone was surprised that more than three people knew about it.”

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

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

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

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

The senior duo served a 12-month suspension and were given a two-year and lifetime discount on leading positions within Australian teams, respectively.

Bancroft was banned from all international and domestic cricket for nine months, eventually returning in December 2018.

The scandal also led to the resignation of coach Darren Lehman a few days later.

When asked about the knowledge of others in the Guardian interview, Bancroft, who has since played only two Tests, 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 it probably speaks for itself. I think one thing I learned on the trip and being responsible is that it stops there [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 break, he would have replied, “Uh … yeah, look, I think, yeah, it probably speaks for itself.”

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