New coach Justin Langer tells Steve Smith wasn’t a powerful enough leader to handle the situation and that is why the Australian side was behaving like “spoilt brats” leading of the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.
In the ball-tampering scandal, David Warner, Steve Smith along with Cameron Bancroft has been suspended. They have their roles, back in March, when sandpaper was used to rough up the ball while the 3rd Test.
As per the Langer said, “The whispers were there. Once upon a time, the opposition didn’t like us because we played really good, hard cricket — we were very skilful and we won a lot of games.”
“It’s easy to dislike the opposition if they’re good, but there have been too many whispers in the last 12 months or so about the abuse on the field, or dare I say, the side playing like spoilt brats.”
He further added, “So you’ve got to wonder why it gets to that point? But it has happened now and we have got to make sure we learn from it and get better from it because we can’t shy away either.”
When he asked Why is Warner so angry, he said: “I think Steve Smith maybe just wasn’t strong enough in his leadership. But he loves the game of cricket — he practises harder than anyone I’ve ever met — and he is a very, very nice young lad. There’s no doubt about that.”
However, in the same interview current skipper Tim Paine asked too about the team found itself in such zone, he said, “I don’t think it goes back to any one individual, but not living by our behaviours over a sustained period of time — not one year, two years, but probably even longer than that”.
“It meant that something like Cape Town was probably going to happen, due to brushing over little things. But the little things can turn into big things when you take your eye off the ball.”
Smith is obeying his a one-year ban from state and international cricket.
Stay connected to Laughing Colours for more such updates.