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Category: Steve Smith

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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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Steve Smith and David Warner welcomed back by IPL teams

Disgraced duo retained by respective franchises2019 tournament starts on day their bans endSteve Smith and David Warner will be able to use next year’s Indian Premier League to prepare for the one-day World Cup after being welcomed back by their respec…

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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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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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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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Banned Steve Smith still rated world’s best batsman by ICC

Smith ahead of Virat Kohli, Joe Root and Kane WilliamsonDavid Warner fifth as Australian pair serve bansHe has been banned from top-level cricket for four months, but the International Cricket Council still rates former Australian captain Steve Smith a…

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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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Steve Smith hits half century on return to cricket in Canada

Former Australia captain makes 61 for Toronto NationalsSmith currently serving 12-month international banSteve Smith cracked a half century and took a superb catch in his return to cricket, while serving a 12-month international and domestic first-clas…

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Steve Smith is set to return – maybe this break has done him some good | Andy Bull

The former Australia captain has admitted before he does not have many interests outside cricket, so an enforced spell away from the game might just have given him a bit of perspectiveIt’s been three months since the scandal. Right now, Steve Smith is …

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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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AB de Villiers: ‘I felt sorry for the Australians, especially Steve Smith’

South Africa’s master batsman says the worldwide response to Australia’s ball-tampering was ‘taken to a level where it really hurt them individually – the way Steve Smith was punished was harsh’With its intense travel schedule, high-speed cricket and e…

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Australia’s ball-tampering trio have suffered enough, says Di Venuto

• Doors at the Oval would be open to them if ECB permits it, he adds• ‘Hopefully culture review starts at the top, with CA officials’Surrey’s head coach, Michael Di Venuto, has furiously defended the three Australian players who were banned for ball ta…

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Australia’s ball-tampering trio have suffered enough, says Di Venuto

• Doors at the Oval would be open to them if ECB permits it, he adds• ‘Hopefully culture review starts at the top, with CA officials’Surrey’s head coach, Michael Di Venuto, has furiously defended the three Australian players who were banned for ball ta…

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Eoin Morgan hopes ball-tampering bans have restated cricket’s values

• England limited-overs captain backs Australia’s hardline response• ‘Australia have shown how serious the mistake was’Eoin Morgan, England’s limited-overs captain, believes cricket’s reputation has been hurt by the ball-tampering scandal but hopes the…

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Steve Smith accepts Cricket Australia ban for ball tampering

Former captain will not appeal sanctionsTakes ‘full responsibility’ for his role in scandalFormer Test captain Steve Smith has accepted the 12-month ban given to him by Cricket Australia for his role in the ball tampering scandal and confirmed he will …