David Warner announces his response to Cricket Australia’s ball-tampering sanctions

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    David Warner has finally revealed whether he’ll be appealing his suspension from Cricket Australia in the wake of the ball-tampering incident.

    Despite being touted as the most likely of the three players involved in the scandal to appeal his sentence, the former vice-captain has followed in the footsteps of Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft by opting to accept the sanctions, saying he is “truly sorry” for his actions and will now work towards being a “better person, teammate and role model.”

    The decision to accept the punishment means Warner will not play cricket for Australia in the next 12 months, nor will he be permitted to turn out in the Sheffield Shield, Big Bash and domestic one-day tournament during the same period. He has also been barred from ever holding a leadership position in an Australian cricket team again.

    Like Warner, Steve Smith was also handed a 12-month playing ban, but his leadership suspension is only for a further 12 months, as opposed to Warner’s permanent one.

    Bancroft was given a leaner nine-month playing suspension.

    The decisions of all three players to accept the sanctions has spared them and Cricket Australia of heading to an appeals process, one which could have continued to damage the sport’s reputation following the ball-tampering incident.

    Attention will now turn to the ongoing review of the conduct and culture of the Australian men’s cricket team which was announced by Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland after Smith and Bancroft admitted to ball tampering during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

    Sutherland’s position, one which he has held for the last 17 years, has come under pressure in the wake of the scandal, however the veteran administrator has been adamant that he has no plans to step down.

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    • Roar Guru

      April 5th 2018 @ 3:50pm
      spruce moose said | April 5th 2018 @ 3:50pm | ! Report

      He had to accept the charges.

      The risk of a FAR greater punishment beckoned if he challenged it. His charge sheet was a message by CA of “we are 99% sure you’ve done this before, it would be wise if you weren’t forced to admit this with our lawyers within earshot”

      • Roar Guru

        April 5th 2018 @ 6:39pm
        Cadfael said | April 5th 2018 @ 6:39pm | ! Report

        Disagree. I think had they appealed, they would have had their sentences halved at least,.

        • April 5th 2018 @ 9:29pm
          spruce moose said | April 5th 2018 @ 9:29pm | ! Report


          You honestly think this was a one off for Warner?

          He couldn’t even confirm that in his press conference.

          • Roar Guru

            April 5th 2018 @ 11:10pm
            JamesH said | April 5th 2018 @ 11:10pm | ! Report

            He didn’t confirm or deny anything in his press conference, though. Clearly his lawyer had grilled him about not saying anything. Every answer to every question was the same. I don’t think that’s an indication of past crimes.

            Honestly, this was such an amateur balls-up of an attempt to tamper with the ball that I have a hard time believing Warner could have gotten away with it for so long if he was actually a serial offender.

            • April 6th 2018 @ 6:53am
              ColinP said | April 6th 2018 @ 6:53am | ! Report

              Of course he’s done it before, he gave a tutorial to Bancroft

        • Roar Guru

          April 6th 2018 @ 7:20am
          Ryan H said | April 6th 2018 @ 7:20am | ! Report

          I think Smith would’ve.

      • Roar Guru

        April 6th 2018 @ 9:27am
        Anindya Dutta said | April 6th 2018 @ 9:27am | ! Report

        For sure Spruce. And I don’t think it’s only Warner but both of them and CA didn’t want to open a can of worms about how long cheating in various forms has been going on, from ball tampering to DRS cheating, at the very least. In court, with lawyers, the establishment and the players would both have lost control of the restricted information flow. It’s honestly better for both parties as well as for cricket that we move on and everyone in any team who has been walking on the dark side go back to playing the game as it should be – fairly.

    • April 5th 2018 @ 3:53pm
      Jay Ross said | April 5th 2018 @ 3:53pm | ! Report

      He had no other choice.

      Be interesting to see whether he ever exposes other members of the team in the ball-tampering scandal.

      Do we know who else was throwing the ball to Bancroft between balls?

      • April 5th 2018 @ 4:00pm
        Bloubul said | April 5th 2018 @ 4:00pm | ! Report

        Pick anyone in the team.

        • Roar Guru

          April 6th 2018 @ 12:38pm
          Chris Kettlewell said | April 6th 2018 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

          Pick anyone in world cricket.

          • Roar Rookie

            April 6th 2018 @ 3:53pm
            Roger said | April 6th 2018 @ 3:53pm | ! Report

            I can assure you Chris that First Kholi wasn’t throwing the ball to Bancroft. There’s one.

            • Roar Guru

              April 7th 2018 @ 1:32am
              Anindya Dutta said | April 7th 2018 @ 1:32am | ! Report

              Well said Roger. Petty comment from Chris that one.

              • Roar Guru

                April 7th 2018 @ 7:19am
                Chris Kettlewell said | April 7th 2018 @ 7:19am | ! Report

                Petty? It’s clear that ball tampering is rife across world cricket, and it mostly comes down to whether the local broadcaster decides to go after the visiting team (note: no player has been convicted of ball tampering without video evidence, and no home player has ever been caught!!!) If you want to go with “pick anyone in the team”, I’m sorry, but you need to extend vastly beyond that.

    • April 5th 2018 @ 4:10pm
      Jake said | April 5th 2018 @ 4:10pm | ! Report

      Should’ve retired and dumped on CA. No less than they deserve.

      • April 5th 2018 @ 9:22pm
        Vic said | April 5th 2018 @ 9:22pm | ! Report

        Book and expose to follow once he realises he won’t be welcomed back into the family

        • April 6th 2018 @ 7:16am
          Jameswm said | April 6th 2018 @ 7:16am | ! Report

          He makes more from the IPL than he would from any book. More from CA too.

    • April 5th 2018 @ 4:12pm
      Pope Paul VII said | April 5th 2018 @ 4:12pm | ! Report

      Wise Choice. See you on the 2019 ashes tour Davey

      • Columnist

        April 5th 2018 @ 4:48pm
        Glenn Mitchell said | April 5th 2018 @ 4:48pm | ! Report

        For that to happen I would imagine he will need to find a place to play overseas. By the time his ban (and that of Smith) is lifted the domestic season will have ended. I cannot see him picked for the Ashes – or the preceding World Cup – simply on club cricket form.

        And then, of course, he will need to be accepted by his teammates and seen as a fit for want appears to be a ‘new look’ side re on field behaviour.

        • April 5th 2018 @ 4:53pm
          Johnno said | April 5th 2018 @ 4:53pm | ! Report

          I see the paralells here with KP getting dropped and drawing a line in the sand and not just basing it on form but basing it on a new era etc..

        • April 5th 2018 @ 5:29pm
          Pope Paul VII said | April 5th 2018 @ 5:29pm | ! Report

          Hi Glenn. We will see. He’s very proud and determined as well as Australia’s second best bat. I could be wrong but has he ever been dropped on form? In 2013 he jabbed Joe, got banished to Zimbabwe, clobbered 200 and was back good as ever.

          I think it will be shades of the end of WSC when the big stars slotted back in like they had never left. They still want to beat England in England so will take the best available. Unless there is some remarkable performances over the 2018/19 summer it’s hard to see him shut out because of a lack of cricket?

          My only concern is the likely merciless baiting he, Smith and Bancroft will probably encounter. It wears a bloke down, just as it did Adam Goodes. And poor old Goodesy did nothing wrong.

          Anyhow in the meantime he can come and play with us in CWSCA 5ths. He’d lift the behavioural standards too.

          • April 5th 2018 @ 10:14pm
            Nudge said | April 5th 2018 @ 10:14pm | ! Report

            Totally agree Pope. I’d be very surprised if Warner wasn’t there because of a lack of cricket. He has left the game as the 5th best batsman in the world and averages close to 50. Our batting now looks absolutely deplorable without Smith and Warner. As long as their teammates except them, they will be there for the first test of the ashes

          • Roar Guru

            April 6th 2018 @ 12:43pm
            Chris Kettlewell said | April 6th 2018 @ 12:43pm | ! Report

            Definitely. Especially if the Aussie batting lineup struggles majorly through the upcoming summer. Smith and Warner will be rushed back in no time. I don’t think anyone suggested Shane Warne needed a season of Shield cricket to build form back after his 12 month drug suspension, I don’t see the difference with Smith and Warner.

            The only question becomes whether they think they can do well enough without Warner and have decided they are better off without him in the team. My thought is it might be more likely that they try to overhaul the team culture a bit and Warner can come back in as long as he can fit within that, not continue with the whole “attack dog” mentality. And probably keep him away from press conferences and things as well.

            If there is an Australia A tour in the lead up to the Ashes, that would be a perfect opportunity to get them some first class cricket under their belt before the Ashes starts too. Then they’d play all warm-up matches in England. And they’ll be fine.

        • Roar Guru

          April 6th 2018 @ 1:45pm
          The Bush said | April 6th 2018 @ 1:45pm | ! Report


          The Ashes doesn’t start till about July or something like that. County cricket usually starts in April. Even with the World Cup going on, I’m sure there’d be county games in the lead up to the Ashes. I find it unlikely that neither Smith or Warner could get a county contract to push their case.

    • Columnist

      April 5th 2018 @ 4:14pm
      Stuart Thomas said | April 5th 2018 @ 4:14pm | ! Report

      Should have announced it in a UFC Podcast.

    • April 5th 2018 @ 4:35pm
      sheek said | April 5th 2018 @ 4:35pm | ! Report

      I disagree that the players didn’t challenge their sanctions for fear of being handed an even tougher sanction.

      As far as I’m aware, the law, our law, is often based on the rule of precedence. There is no precedence anywhere for the two x 12 months & one x 9 months suspensions.

      CA would have been laughed at had they found any spurious reason to increase the sanctions.

      These guys have decided to take their punishment. I’m not sure I agree with their somewhat timid acquiescence. If a punishment doesn’t fit the crime, it should be challenged, irrespective of culpability.

      CA have been let off the hook. Who is going to scrutinise their contributing behaviour in this ugly mess?

      I’m sorry, but I’m fed up with those in positions of power & responsibility being continually excused their poor governance & management.

      • April 5th 2018 @ 4:40pm
        Ouch said | April 5th 2018 @ 4:40pm | ! Report

        I agree with what you have said.

        I reckon CA are breathing a sigh of relief Warner didn’t spill his guts.

        • April 5th 2018 @ 5:50pm
          Chas said | April 5th 2018 @ 5:50pm | ! Report

          “CA have been let off the hook. Who is going to scrutinise their contributing behaviour in this ugly mess?
          I’m sorry, but I’m fed up with those in positions of power & responsibility being continually excused their poor governance & management.”

          Yep, CA will be breathing a big sigh of relief, IMO they have only ever been about damage limitation

      • Roar Guru

        April 5th 2018 @ 4:44pm
        Corne Van Vuuren said | April 5th 2018 @ 4:44pm | ! Report

        Agree sheek.

      • April 5th 2018 @ 5:08pm
        Arcturus said | April 5th 2018 @ 5:08pm | ! Report

        Plenty of precedences of bosses sacking employees for all sorts of reasons. None of the three could claim unfair dismissal.

        • April 5th 2018 @ 6:27pm
          Jacko said | April 5th 2018 @ 6:27pm | ! Report

          particully as they havnt been dismissed.

      • April 5th 2018 @ 5:46pm
        JohnB said | April 5th 2018 @ 5:46pm | ! Report

        You could imagine a conversation along the lines of “if you ever want to be picked again, shut up and cop it” occurring. As you say there is no precedent (not precedence!) for the punishments handed out. It’s not like a trip to the judiciary in the football codes where a guilty plea commonly gets you a lesser sentence, and a not guilty risks a higher one, so there’s no real reason to think that the punishment would have increased if there had been an appeal.

        • Roar Guru

          April 6th 2018 @ 12:48pm
          Chris Kettlewell said | April 6th 2018 @ 12:48pm | ! Report

          In this case, admitting it has caused the dramatically higher sentence. While there’s all sorts of talk about “lying to umpires when confronted” it’s hard to not believe that if Smith and Bancroft had done what everyone else does in this situation and continue to deny and deflect and come up with every reason under the sun why it wasn’t what it looked like, then they probably would have copped their ICC charges and that would have been it.

      • April 5th 2018 @ 6:09pm
        Razzar said | April 5th 2018 @ 6:09pm | ! Report

        Sheek, Smith and Warner were suspended for 12 months for bringing the game into disrepute; not ball tampering. With media contracts pending, this will cost CA some hundreds of millions of dollars.

        The players have made the ultimate decision to cheat, and that’s really hit home for them now.
        Yes CA are not squeaky; but they’re supposed to be mature men, that should know right from wrong.

        • April 5th 2018 @ 6:44pm
          sheek said | April 5th 2018 @ 6:44pm | ! Report

          Thanks Razzar,

          I think I was aware of all that. You’re being a tad technical separating “bringing the game into disrepute” from “ball tampering”.

          I would consider the two situations to be wedded. One automatically creates the other.

          • April 6th 2018 @ 4:43pm
            Dave.SA said | April 6th 2018 @ 4:43pm | ! Report

            I agree with most of what you said Sheek and agree the sentences are ridiculous..

            However, I disagree that we reduce this just to tampering and then even worse imply that all tampering is the same….
            – Planning it around the table with captain and vice captain
            – Using sandpaper
            – Lying to umpires
            – Lying afterwards

            I hope that the ICC learns and makes the ball tampering laws more explicit and increases the sanction both during and after the game. 5 runs during the game is light.

            – If caught red handed maybe the player tampering should play no further part in the game (no sub)
            – 3 points or a 1 game sanction is too light

            Another thought is maybe CA, CSA and CNZ should re-investigate the Kookoburra ball. After a short while if offers no swing. it is supposed to be a battle between bat and ball.
            Either get Kookoburra to make some changes or use a different ball.. Of course this is easier said that done. We tested the Duke in SA and it struggled on out rougher pitches.

            • April 6th 2018 @ 11:27pm
              Matt Davies said | April 6th 2018 @ 11:27pm | ! Report

              I do not think even CA’s charges suggested that they planned it around a table. Warner trained Bancroft how to use the sandpaper. It seems from CA’s charges that Smith did not know sandpaper was going to be involved (both Warner’s and Bancroft’s charges mention sandpaper but Smith’s do not). He was aware that they were planning something – not the details and he did not attempt to stop it.

              It seems that the attempts at cover-up have got more people agitated. But lying and misleading umpires while in a panic on the field seems nothing new – Australia as a matter of policy decided not to walk even when the batsmen knew they were out. So is it misleading the public that has driven this outrage? But the players at the day 3 press conference were hardly denying ball tampering took place – they voluntarily admitted more people than Bancroft were involved – it does not seem to be a very efficient cover-up operation. So then the grouse is that they said sticky tape was used when it was actually sandpaper. Agreed – this is a lie. But what does this lie materially change? If in fact CA had found that it was sticky tape that was used, would the public hysteria have been less? Would the team culpability be less? Does this minor detail really merit such a strong action?

              Smith showed he was incapable as a captain and deservedly lost the captaincy. However, CA’s charges themselves seem to indicate that he was not party to the conspiracy to cheat and his crime was that he did not turn informer when he should have. So his crime was the cover-up. And what exactly is the cover-up – the claim that sticky tape was used when it was actually sandpaper??!?!

              It seems to me the entire “investigation” is an attempt to ring fence the 3 patsies and protect CA. Why this pointless exercise to differentiate between ball tampering with store bought sandpaper or home made sandpaper (sticky tape with dirt stuck to it)? I speculate that this might be because the sticky tape was a regular form of ball altering used by the team which everybody had knowledge of and admitting to this would have placed the culpability much higher.

              • April 7th 2018 @ 2:50pm
                Internal Fixation said | April 7th 2018 @ 2:50pm | ! Report

                This is about the most insightful thing I’ve seen written on the mess

      • April 5th 2018 @ 6:30pm
        twodogs said | April 5th 2018 @ 6:30pm | ! Report

        Hi Sheek, totally agree with you. Rotten apples, but I have a strong feeling a little birdie whispered in their ears – “listen fellas, I know we’ve gone hard on you but, we can all save money and face if you let sleeping dogs lie. Just give it a few months and we will review our harsh penalty. Maybe around october we can ‘qork something out’ “.
        A protracted legal process could decimate CA, leading it ripe for a takeover by, well, more professional people. 😉

        • April 7th 2018 @ 10:53am
          Jacko said | April 7th 2018 @ 10:53am | ! Report

          So you think they are being blackmailed by the ACB? Serious stuff

      • April 5th 2018 @ 7:21pm
        Jackpott said | April 5th 2018 @ 7:21pm | ! Report

        How can they be given a harsher sanction. My reading of the code of conduct is that they were charged with a level 3 offence. The maximum penalty is one year suspension.

        • April 5th 2018 @ 9:33pm
          spruce moose said | April 5th 2018 @ 9:33pm | ! Report

          Read it again jackpott.

          2.3.5 is exempt from level 3 charges and punishments.

          Up to a life ban in their cases.

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