Steve Smith, David Warner could make an early rebound against India
In good news for Australia, banned skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner could well make an early rebound in the India series.
Cricket Australia officially announced that it will give “due consideration” to the Australian Cricketers Association’s (ACA) demand of cancelling the ball-tampering bans on the main cricketers.
ACA has mounted pressure on CA to lift the ban on the premiere cricketers ever since an individualistic review claimed that the ‘culture’ nurtured by the board adding up to the ball-tampering scandal, which took the country by a surprise in March.
“The ACA submission around the players’ sanctions was received by the board a few days ago,” Roberts told reporters.
“It was addressed to the board rather than to me or all management. So not for me to comment on a board matter other than to say that the board will be respecting that submission and giving it due consideration,” he added.
It is well-known that Steve Smith and David Warner were handed a 12-month ban while Cameron Bancroft was banned for 9 months. The former players came to these players’ defence and termed the punishment “harsh”. Australia is not the same as before.
Smith and Warner’s absence means that the team is struggling at the moment. It all started from their string of dismal shows against Pakistan which haunted them badly. Aussies surrendered themselves at the hands of Pakistan in the Test and T20 series in the UAE. Not just that, they are still trailing the home ODI series against South Africa.
Also, they were whitewashed by England 5-0 in another ODI series. The affinity between CA and ACA haven’t clicked well and restoring back is important, according to Roberts.
“I think what’s really important is that we at Cricket Australia need to embrace the players and we need to make sure that the players feel a really valued part of Cricket Australia.
“There’s no doubt that we need to face up to the review and the fact that it acknowledged that the organisation hasn’t been united enough across the playing and long-playing sides,” added Roberts.
Following the ODI and one-off T20 against South Africa, Australia will invite India for three T20s, four Tests and three ODIs starting November 21. Australia has no other option left but to respond well as soon as possible to earn the tag of ‘Mighty Aussies’.