'He should've come to us': Lehmann after Bancroft interview

Langer Smith Warner could return against Pakistan

Langer Smith Warner could return against Pakistan By Jack Davies 25 December 2018 73

Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has slammed Cameron Bancroft for a tell-all interview in which he detailed David Warner as the ringleader in the ball-tampering scandal.

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Cameron Bancroft has revealed David Warner suggested he should tamper with the ball during Australia's third Test match against South Africa, in an interview with Fox Sports Australia. "Dave would be feeling isolated but I would encourage David to come out wherever and just be honest and as open as you feel you need to be to be allowed then to get back to playing cricket".

Roberts confirmed that the Cricket Australia board is now deliberating over dates for a pre-World Cup one-day series against Pakistan and whether Smith and Warner would be considered for an immediate return when their bans expire on March 29.

All three are likely to be in Australia's plans for next year's Ashes but it remains to be seen if bridges have been burned, with former opener Michael Slater suggesting the relationship between Warner and Bancroft is untenable.

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Darren Lehmann, who stood down as Australian coach after the South African scandal, said Bancroft should have told him about Warner's approach. Connolly said on Macquarie Sports Radio.

Warner and Smith could return in time for the March-April one-day series against Pakistan, leading into the World Cup, but there are several issues to negotiate before that is possible, including official confirmation of the dates.

"You'd hope that fitting in earns you respect".

"We'll get the best outcome for Australian cricket and for them personally, but there's been no decisions made at this stage".

However, while introspecting what would have happened if he had refused Warner's suggestion, the 26-year-old Bancroft said he may have buried himself under the doubt that probably he did not put team's interest before him.

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"I don't know that it does", said Roberts.

"I had a choice and I made a massive mistake and that is what is in my control", said Bancroft.

His ban from worldwide and Australian domestic cricket is due to expire on 29 December and he will be available to line up for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League.

"Our focus is on how we proactively look forward and work with the players, rather than be concerned with what has happened in the past".

Having been handed a nine-month ban by CA, as opposed to the one year penalties given to Warner and Smith, Bancroft is due to make his return to domestic ranks in the Big Bash League game between Perth Scorchers and Hobart Hurricanes in Launceston on December 30. I didn't particularly know that it was going to happen but at that point I said I don't want to know about it.

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