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Category: Australian ball tampering

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Former teammates clash over Australian cricket’s non-aggression pact

‘Stop worrying about being liked,’ says Michael ClarkeSimon Katich says team can play tough as well as fairMichael Clarke and Simon Katich famously clashed physically in the dressing room when they were Test players and this week they have become embro…

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David Warner and Steve Smith ball tampering bans stand, says Cricket Australia

Players’ union submission to overturn bans dismissedCameron Bancroft’s nine-month sanction also upheldCricket Australia have dismissed a submission by the players’ union to amend the ball tampering bans handed to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron B…

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Trio to learn fate as Cricket Australia weighs up ball tampering bans

Smith, Warner and Bancroft await CA decisionPlayers’ union has called for overturning of sanctionsBanned Australian cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are set to learn if the sanctions meted out for their roles in the ball tamper…

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Australians sledging less says South Africa’s Faf du Plessis

In-your-face style their strength, says SA captainTwo sides to meet in one-off T20 on SaturdaySouth African captain Faf du Plessis says Australia’s in-your-face style is their strength and should not be sacrificed despite the fallout over the ball tamp…

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Caught on tape: the story behind Australian cricket’s greatest fall | Geoff Lemon

In an extract from his new book, Geoff Lemon recalls the moment Australia’s sporting landscape was scuffed foreverYou know it’s serious when Mluleki Ntsabo isn’t smiling. The South African Broadcasting Corporation commentator is small in stature and hu…

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Mark Taylor stands down from Cricket Australia board

Former Test captain ‘loses energy’ to continue in role Decision based partly on findings of Longstaff reviewMark Taylor has stood down from his role as a Cricket Australia director after 18 months of turmoil in the game took its toll on the former Test…

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Australian cricket emerges into light as David Peever falls on sword | Sam Perry

The primary protagonists of a corporate-heavy era are now gone. The game will be better for itPolitical and public life feels so inverted these days, it was forgivable to wonder whether this episode would, or could, reach its logical conclusion. Cricke…

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David Peever resigns as Cricket Australia chairman

Decision comes after days of turmoil following damning report into the state of the national sportSeven months on from the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, another victim has been claimed after the Cricket Australia chairman, David Peever, tendered…

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Should Smith and Warner bans be reduced? Guardian cricket writers have their say

Opinion is split on the Australian Cricketers’ Association’s bid to lift the ball-tampering sanctionsA national debate is raging over calls from the Australian Cricketers’ Association for the lifting of sanctions imposed on Steve Smith, David Warner an…

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Australia’s cricket culture review leaves reasons to be sceptical | Sam Perry

The question is, will the dual reports lead to tangible change or are they just an exercise in PR?There was always the sense that David Warner and Steve Smith were left to bear the many sins of many fathers following last year’s events in South Africa….

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Cricket Australia ‘arrogant’ and partly to blame for ball-tampering, report finds

Damning report finds CA had ‘win-at-all-costs’ mentality Review says ‘Australian cricket has lost its balance’Cricket Australia has been branded “arrogant” and “controlling” and partly responsible for the ball-tampering incident that led to bans for fo…

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Cricket Australia releases findings of cultural review – live!

Updates as CA respond to findings following ball tamperingAny thoughts? Email or tweet @mike_hytner 2.12am GMT Just Warner, Smith and Bancroft are mentioned by name in the report, which makes 42 recommendations – 10 for Australian cricket, seven for th…

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South Africa to steer clear of sledging Australia over ball tampering

Faf du Plessis wants good-natured series First of three ODIs takes place in Perth next monthSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis says his team will not use the ball tampering scandal as sledging material during their upcoming three-match ODI series.The …

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David Warner starts slow rebuild with instant coffee and a rapid hundred

Steve Smith joined his disgraced teammate in returning to Australian cricket in lowly surroundingsSydney grade cricket is strong. Its 20 clubs produce players for New South Wales, which in turn feeds the Australia team. It is the same across the land. …

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Pat Cummins keen to reunite with banned Steve Smith and David Warner

‘It feels like it’s been about five years’ since they playedDisgraced duo still have nine months of ban to serve Pat Cummins cannot wait to call Steve Smith and David Warner teammates again, saying it feels like the banned duo have already spent five y…

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Returning David Warner denies talk of rift with Steve Smith

Warner dismissed for just one on return to cricket in Canada‘We’re good mates,’ Warner says of former Australia captainDavid Warner has hit out at critics who suggest he should have been banned from all forms of cricket while pouring cold water on rumo…

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Channel Nine defends David Warner appointment amid criticism

‘An astounding appointment,’ says Karl Stefanovic Warner is banned from playing for ball tampering scandalIn the face of criticism, Channel Nine has defended its decision to employ the banned cricketer David Warner as part of its commentary team for Au…

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David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to play in NT competition

Batsmen to feature in Darwin tournament during JulyBans cover international, state and BBL cricketBanned cricketers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have signed up for the Northern Territory’s Strike League. Warner will play two one-day games in the t…

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Steve Smith to return to cricket in Canadian T20 tournament

Former Australia captain named as marquee playerGlobal T20 Canada begins next monthSteve Smith’s comeback to cricket has begun, with the suspended former Australia skipper named as a marquee player in Canada’s T20 league, where he will join fellow inte…

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Cameron Bancroft awaits vote on ban exemption to play club cricket

Opener wants to play for his club in WA while serving CA banRules are different in Western Australia to NSWBanned batsman Cameron Bancroft will find out on Monday night whether he will be granted special permission to return to his club cricket side th…