Aussie bowling coach responds to bombshell Cameron Bancroft claim

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Cameron Bancroft's interview with the Guardian prompted a supportive response from former Australian bowling coach David Saker. Pictures: Getty Images
Cameron Bancroft's interview with the Guardian prompted a supportive response from former Australian bowling coach David Saker. Pictures: Getty Images

Former Australian bowling coach has likened the ball-tampering saga from 2018 to Trevor Chappell's infamous underarm delivery, suggesting the stain of the incident will never be forgotten.

The ball-tampering controversy from the 2018 Test match in Cape Town is once again in the spotlight after Cameron Bancroft, who was suspended for six months over his role in the use of sandpaper to deliberately scuff the ball, said it was 'self-explanatory' as to whether others in the side knew what was happening.

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Bancroft's interview with The Guardian has re-ignited the controversy, prompting Saker to suggest Bancroft wouldn't be the last player to publicly divulge more about what happened that day.

As a result of the scheme being busted on live television during play, Bancroft was suspended for nine months, while David Warner, seen to be the architect of the scheme, and then captain Steve Smith were each handed 12 month suspensions.

Smith was also barred from holding any future leadership positions, but last week earned the backing of current skipper Tim Paine to resume the role.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Saker said Australia's reputation would take many more years to rebuild.

“Obviously a lot of things went wrong at that time. The finger-pointing is going to go on and on and on,” he said.

“There was a lot of people to blame. It could have been me to blame, it could have been someone else. It could have been stopped and it wasn’t, which is unfortunate.

“Cameron’s a very nice guy. He’s just doing it to get something off his chest ... He’s not going to be the last.

“The disappointing thing is it’s never going to go away. Regardless of what’s said. 

"We all know that we made a monumental mistake. The gravity wasn’t as plain until it all came out.”

Cameron Bancroft re-ignites Aussie sandpaper controversy

Bancroft sat down with The Guardian for an interview and was honest and accepted his role in the sandpaper saga.

But he also alleged there could have been "awareness" around what was happening.

"Yeah, obviously what I did benefits bowlers and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory. I guess one thing I learnt through the journey and being responsible is that’s where the buck stops [with him]," he told The Guardian.

But when pressed on the incident, the publication claimed the 28-year-old paused.

Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were both suspended for their roles in the 2018 Cape Town ball-tampering scandal. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were both suspended for their roles in the 2018 Cape Town ball-tampering scandal. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“Uh … yeah, look, I think, yeah, I think it’s pretty probably self-explanatory,” Bancroft claimed, according to the publication.

No players in the Australian team have been implicated in the saga, apart from the three that were banned.

Smith admitted to being aware something was going on, but didn't want to know about it.

"I walked past something and had the opportunity to stop it, and I didn't do it," Smith said in a press conference when he arrived back in Australia in 2018.

"That was my leadership failure. It was the potential for something to happen and it went on and happened out in the field and I had the opportunity to stop it at that point."

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