Melbourne: Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft’s recent statements on the ball-tampering scandal have added to the constant reminder that the Australians ‘cheated’, former cricketer Dean Jones said lambasting the two players’ ‘attempts to garner sympathy’. While Bancroft has blamed the incident on David Warner, who is also banned, Smith said it was a result of the ‘win at all cost’ culture promoted by Cricket Australia’s (CA) top officials
Jones, writing for The Age newspaper here, felt the two players should have kept quiet, served their bans, which are ending soon, and tried to earn back their places in the side. While Smith and Warner’s one-year bans end in March, Bancroft’s nine-month suspension concludes in the next few days. “These interviews are almost as bad as the fine grade of sandpaper the players used to scratch the ball. Why am I so upset with these interviews? Everywhere Australian players go around the world, we are always reminded that we have cheated,” Jones said
“It feels like we have a huge tattoo on our foreheads that we cannot erase. These three boys were old enough to make the right decisions. Sadly, they have to pay for their consequences, as do we,” he added. Jones said the Australian cricket fans have had enough of the controversy that led to a review of the country’s cricket culture and axing of top CA officials. “What were they thinking? Who advised Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft to do those interviews with Fox Cricket? All this has done is add more fuel to a fire that the majority of the public don’t really want to hear about anymore,” he said.