Darren Lehmann worries daily about Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft

May 07, 2018, 07:31
Darren Lehmann worries daily about Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft

Smith, Warner and Bancroft were all handed sizeable suspensions for their roles in an attempt to manipulate the ball with yellow sandpaper during a controversial third Test in Cape Town in March.

After the much disgraceful ball-tampering scandal that painted an ugly picture of Australian cricket in the entire world also saw the trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft getting banned for committing an act near to sin.

Warner was attending a cricket clinic with children.

Their bans do not prevent them from playing in England, although it would require approval from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). "I think I've learned a valuable lesson in this myself". Cricket in Australia is now tainted and if he came back at all just means we are OK with cheating in the game.

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Taylor's views on Smith divided opinion on social media.

Cricket Australia director and former Australia skipper Mark Taylor has backed Smith to return to the national captaincy after the leadership ban ends.

Smith is free to return to the Australian set up for next year's World Cup and Ashes in England, but can not fill a leadership position again until the end of March 2019.

Lehmann confirmed that he was in regular touch with the suspended trio of David Warner, Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft, and said he "worries daily" about them, an ICC report on Sunday said.

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Before we get down to the story, here is what we've heard so far.

Langer, a gritty opening batsman who played in some of Australia's greatest teams, has been appointed coach of the Test, one-day and T20 sides for the next four years. "I have had some time away to come to terms with everything and now it's time to get back into it", he said.

"The amount of e-mails and letters I have received has been incredible and I have been extremely humbled by the enormous amount of support you have given me".

While Smith was charged with knowledge of the ball-tampering plot, Warner was charged with developing it and instructing Bancroft to carry it out. "It's a case of keeping in contact because I worry about them", Lehmann said in an interview with Radio FIVEaa.

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Justin Langer was named as Lehmann's successor on Thursday and the 48-year-old believes his former team-mate has all the qualities to succeed and earn the trust back of the public.