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Baggy Green ball tampering: Bancroft, Smith and the Aussie "Leadership Group"

S.Kennedy

International Vice-Captain
Why Bancroft? He's 25 and copping 9 months, which is harsh in it's own right.
Cannot see them ever picking him again - that is why. Too much media hassle. He'd have to become Don Bradman to force their hand and get back in, and truthfully, he wasn't good enough to begin with.

Smith will be reintegrated when the sentence is served a la KP.
 

Gob

International Captain
If i was Bancroft i would have taken the blame my self. If you volunteer to do dirty work ( and i believe he did instead of being imposed judging by everything he has done thus far) got to swallow it. Dropping Renshaw feels idiotic by the day
 

Zinzan

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Definitely feels like they're trying to punish someone in order to look like they were doing something without actually looking at the serious problems. We'll wait and see what happens in future Tests but it does seem like a cut off the nose to spite the face, especially if the on-field conduct continues unabated (obviously it's possible that they'll calm down, but I have my doubts as long as Lehmann's there).
I'm betting this press conference will be Lehmann stepping down, and you can bet he's been nudged. Australia coach Darren Lehmann to break his silence in ball-tampering row | cricket News
 

social

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If i was Bancroft i would have taken the blame my self. If you volunteer to do dirty work ( and i believe he did instead of being imposed judging by everything he has done thus far) got to swallow it. Dropping Renshaw feels idiotic by the day
Nah

Smith should've copped it all on the chin or simply denied it ever took place
 

vcs

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This sucks. I mean, it was cheating, but a couple of matches would have been more than enough.
 

vic_orthdox

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'lehmann is one of the good guys'

apart from the racism and generally being a massive, hypocritical ****.
Should have heard the sycophantic interview on Fox Sports News with the Adelaide Advertiser cricket writer Richard Earle. I'm sympathetic to the idea that Lehmann didn't know about the specific plan, but according to Earle there are nuns more likely to encourage ball tampering than Lehmann.
 

OverratedSanity

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Should have heard the sycophantic interview on Fox Sports News with the Adelaide Advertiser cricket writer Richard Earle. I'm sympathetic to the idea that Lehmann didn't know about the specific plan, but according to Earle there are nuns more likely to encourage ball tampering than Lehmann.
If he didn't know then imo it's just as big a fail on Lehmann's part as coach. How the **** does he still have his job.
 

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