29 Mar 2018

Australia cricket bans Warner, Smith for year after tampering

From Morning Report, 7:25 am on 29 March 2018

Cricket Australia has revealed tampering cheat Cameron Bancroft used sandpaper, and not yellow tape as he claimed, to damage the ball in the recent test against South Africa. It also says the Australian vice-captain David Warner instigated the cheating, and captain Steve Smith approved it. The two team leaders have been banned from playing for Australia for 12 months as a result of Cricket Australia's investigation, and Warner will never again be considered for a team leadership role. Bancroft, who carried out the tampering under their instruction, is banned from international cricket for nine months. All three are still allowed to play domestic club cricket. But they've been banned from the lucrative Indian Premier League competition this year. Overnight Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland responded to questions from media about the sanctions. We discuss the saga with ABC cricket commentator Jim Maxwell.