- Warner alleged to have told the English players his method for tampering with the ball during a post Ashes drinking session
- Steve Smith was removed as the captain of Rajasthan Royals today and it’s only a matter of time before SRH formally announce their verdict in this whole ‘Sandpaper gate’
- Warner had previously spoken against Faf du Plessis, who was suspended by ICC after he had apeared to have tampered with the bowl.
With each passing hour, new developments are being made public with regard to the Australian cricket teams effort to cheat during the 3rd test against South Africa by tampering with the condition of the ball. The latest that is being reported is that during one of the after game drinking session, David Warner had allegedly told some of his buddies in the England cricket team how he used tape attached to his fingers to tamper with the ball. Over the past 24 hours, it has become pretty evident that Warner played a key role during the lunch break on Day 3 when the ‘leadership group’ decided to go ahead and cheat their way into the game. Warner ball tampering is most likely to have major effects on David Warner IPL 2018. SRH 2018 was supposed to be captained by the Australian opener but with Smith already removed from captaincy at RR, it is only a matter of time before Warner’s head also rolls.
Old statement comes back to haunt David Warner
The recent series Cape Town has shamed Australian team like never before and the person, who is currently being termed as a hypocrite is David Warner. After all, it was David Warner, who was pretty vocal in his criticism for Faf du Plessis, who was charged with ball-tampering during the 2016-2017 series between Australia and South Africa.
In a press conference during that period, Warner told the reporters, “We hold our heads high and I would be very disappointed if one of our team members did that.
‘The rules are in place for a reason, if you’re not gonna use them, then why bother having them?’
It is still not confirmed whether Australia did actually tamper with the ball during their 4-0 Ashes win against England a few months back. But what is pretty evident is that the difference in the ability to reverse swing the ball was much higher amongst the Australian bowling contingent, even though England attack had experts of the technique like James Anderson and Chris Woakes. Going through the footage from the series, one can see Warner receiving the ball after the end of almost all the overs.
Warner ball tampering technique is alleged to have used is using the strapping on his thumb and index finger on the left-hand. Where Abrasive substances could be attached using a sticky tape and then later used rough up one side of the ball, an initial need to reverse swing the ball.
David Warner IPL 2018 under threat
Just a few hours ago, Rajasthan Royals confirmed that Steve Smith had stepped down as the captain of the Rajasthan Royals and Ajinkya Rahane will be taking over the leadership position. Smith was also banned for one test match and fined 100% match fees for his role in strategising to tamper with the ball.
Just like Steve Smith, before Warner ball tampering incident, he was also going to lead the SRH 2018 squad in Indian Premier League season 11. However, at this point of time, chances of him continuing in that role appear to be very bleak and this will remain so till the time the IPL 2018 bandwagon comes to town on 7th April. SRH 2018 squad has quite a few current and former international captains in their squad but one would have to take Shikhar Dhawan’s name as the front-runner to take over from Warner.
The pressure is mounting on Cricket Australia (CA) with each passing hour. Not only from the fans and pundits of the game but also organisations which are associated with CA and all the sponsors who condemn this act and call it total negative publicity. One does feel that this episode is going to lead to a lot of changes for both Steve Smith and David Warner.
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