How Steve Smith’s ploy to shield Cameron Bancroft in ball-tampering row backfired
Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft admitted to ball-tampering in the Newlands Test but Moises Henriques has expressed doubts that there were any leadership meetings with senior players.cricket Updated: Mar 26, 2018 18:41 IST
Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques has claimed he does not believe that there were any leadership meetings with senior players but it was completely Steve Smith’s decision to ask opener Cameron Bancroft to tamper the ball during the third Test against South Africa.
Moises, who has played just four Tests and represented Australia in 11 T20Is and ODIs, said that the term could have been used by Smith to simply justify the act and take the blame off Bancroft, who was playing just his eighth Test.
Taking to Twitter, Henriques stated
He, however, clarified that he wasn’t of the opinion that no one knew of the act being on but simply that there wasn’t a meeting to simply discuss how the ball could be tampered.
Steve Smith has been banned for a Test and has been fined 100 percent of his match fee. Bancroft was fined 75 per cent of his remuneration. Both players, however, had been slapped with three demerit points. Smith was also stripped of captaincy immediately while David Warner was removed as vice-captain.
Tim Paine donned the captain’s hat on the fourth day of the Newlands Test which Australia lost by 322 runs to trail the four-Test series 2-1 against South Africa.
On Monday, IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals, for whom Smith was supposed to represent in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League, stated that the Australian has stepped down from captaincy with Ajinkya Rahane taking his place.