Sport Bancroft, Warner and Smith 'treated despicably' in sandpaper scandal
New 'sandpapergate' bombshell: players knew Cameron Bancroft to cheat
Cameron Bancroft, the Australian cricketer caught tampering with the ball during Australia's notorious 'sandpapergate' scandal appears to have dropped his 2018 team-mates in deep water.Cameron Bancroft, banned for nine months after he followed David Warner's instructions to scuff the ball using sandpaper against South Africa in 2018, dropped some of his former teammates in hot water in an English interview on Saturday.
David Warner's agent has claimed that the three Australian players involved in 'Sandpaper gate' were 'treated despicably' after the scandal reared its head again following comments from Cameron Bancroft.
The former Aussie opener, who was banned for scuffing that ball with a piece of sandpaper during the third test against South Africa in Cape Town in March 2018, lit the fuse last week with a cryptic comment in a newspaper interview.
The 28-year-old suggested that responsibility for the affair that rocked world cricket might run deeper than the three players - himself, Warner and Steve Smith - punished for it.
Aussie bowling coach reacts to Bancroft bombshell
David Saker has responded to Cameron Bancroft's explosive comments over the ball-tampering saga.The nightmare roared back to life when former Australian opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, the man responsible for using sandpaper to tamper with the ball, hinted that the bowlers were aware of the scheme.
'Obviously what I did benefits bowlers and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory,' the batsman told the Guardian.
Cricket Australia have issued a request to Bancroft for any 'new' information he might have but the idea that other players would have been aware what was going on at Newlands has found fertile ground in the Australian media.
CA conducted an investigation into the incident in 2018 and banned Bancroft for nine months, while former captain Smith and vice-captain Warner were suspended for a year.
Clarke says Australia bowlers WOULD have known about sandpaper cheats
It came after Cameron Bancroft, who along with captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner was sanctioned for his role in the 2018 scandal, implied more players knew what was going on. Bancroft said it was 'self-explanatory' when asked if some of an Australian attack comprising Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Marsh and Nathan Lyon were aware the state of the ball was being altered by sandpaper concealed in trouser pockets.
Warner was cast as the ringleader of the operation in Cricket Australia's report, but his agent, James Erskine, has now said the three punished players were 'treated despicably'.
'The report that was done, they didn't interview all the players. The whole thing was so badly handled, it was a joke,' he told The Age newspaper.
'But eventually the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, will come out and I know the whole truth.'
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has heaped pressure on Cricket Australia to dig further into the scandal and was incredulous at the suggestion that the Australian bowlers would not have known that the ball had been tampered with.
CA intergrity unit issue Bancroft please explain
CA has confirmed their integrity unit has reached out to Cameron Bancroft following his eyebrow-raising comments.With Bancroft preparing for a country cricket stint in Durham, the 28-year-old spoke to The Guardian recently where he was asked to comment on whether any of the Australian bowlers at the time were aware of what was happening.
'If you are playing sport at the highest level you know your tools that good it's not funny,' he said on the Sky Sports Radio show he hosts.
'Can you imagine that ball being thrown back to the bowler and the bowler not knowing about it? Please.'
Smith and Warner, who unlike Bancroft have re-established themselves in the test side since their bans, returned to Sydney from the Indian Premier League via Maldives on Monday to start two weeks of quarantine.
The Age reported on Tuesday that Bancroft, who is playing county cricket in England, had already replied to CA saying he had no new information about the scandal.
David Saker, Australia's bowling coach at the time of the scandal, said the 'finger-pointing' was unlikely to cease any time soon.
'Cameron is a very nice guy, he's just doing it to get something off his chest,' he told The Age.
'He's not going to be the last.'
Dire Ashes warning as Cape Town 'cracks' reappear .
Michael Vaughan has hit Australia's Test side with a bleak warning as the countdown to this year's Ashes series ramps up.The ball-tampering nightmare of 2018 reignited when former Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft suggested in an interview with The Guardian that the team's bowlers had been aware of the plan to use sandpaper on the ball.