Former skipper Ricky Ponting believes there weren’t enough leaders within the Australian crew on the time which led to the infamous ball-tampering scandal at Newlands in March 2018. Then captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner got respective one-12 months suspensions for his or her half whereas Cameron Bancroft was banned for 9 months for utilizing sand-paper on the floor of the ball. Ponting said that leaders in aspect have the flexibility to say no to such issues and that Australian crew lacked it.
“I was a bit worried that with a lot of the experience going out of our team at the same time, that there would be a bit of a void left with experienced players to be able to say ‘no’ basically,” Ponting was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo throughout a fund-elevating dinner for the Chappell Foundation on the SCG on Tuesday.
“If I look at where things got at Cape Town I just don’t think there were enough people around that team to say ‘no’ to some of those guys. Things got completely out of control. That’s very much an outsider’s view on it. I had nothing to do with the team really until the last couple of years around some Twenty20 cricket and the World Cup last year,” he added.
Smith and Warner will fly out with the Australia squad on Friday for a restricted overs tour within the duo’s first go to to the nation after the infamous scandal. Teammate Josh Hazlewood believes the pair can be prepared for no matter South African crowds throw at them.
“Steve and Dave have ticked off pretty much every box since coming back,” Hazlewood instructed reporters in Sydney on Thursday. “It’s just another one of those and I don’t think it’ll faze them one bit. They probably play better when it’s like this. It’s nothing we haven’t experienced before … we’ll be fine.”
((With company inputs))