Smith-Warner warned for ball tampering in 2016: Aussie media report
Following the scandalous ball tampering saga that shook Australian cricket down to earth, reports revealed that Steven Smith and David Warner incurred in the tampering issue once before, that was in the domestic cricket.
In 2016, both the current victims were reported and warned for ball tampering in a Sheffield Shield match, reported by Australian media soon after the duo were banned for a year for planning out the ball tampering in the third Test against South Africa in the ongoing series.
Sydney Morning Herald reported, “When David Warner repeatedly bounced his returns in to (NSW wicket-keeper) Peter Nevill on the first day, the umpires appealed to Smith to support their calls for fair play.
“They weren’t encouraged by his response. I assisted the umpires on the second morning by suggesting to (NSW coach) Trent Johnston that CA didn’t need an issue with the national captain being involved in a ball-tampering incident.”
The officiating umpire Daryl Harper made the revelation through an e-mail to Cricket Australia.
“This was at the same time that the South African captain (Faf du Plessis) was under scrutiny (for ball tampering) and before he had been charged,” Harper added in the mail.
“As it transpired, there were no further errant throws for the final three days of the game from either team. Steve’s participation in the post-match meeting was quite limp, and not as I would expect from our national captain.”