Warner's Manager Alleges Australia's Ball-Tampering Directive Following 2016-17 Hobart Defeat

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Warner’s Manager Alleges Australia’s Ball-Tampering Directive Following 2016-17 Hobart Defeat

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David Warner’s representative, James Erskine, has alleged that the Australian cricket team was instructed to engage in ball-tampering subsequent to their disheartening loss against South Africa in Hobart during the 2016-17 season. The defeat saw Australia being bowled out for a mere 85 runs, ultimately losing the match by an innings and 80 runs in just over two days.

Erskine disclosed to SEN radio that following the match, two high-ranking officials were present in the changing room and were reprimanding the team for their defeat. According to Erskine, Warner emphasized the need to induce reverse swing, asserting that the only way to achieve it was through tampering with the ball. Consequently, they were instructed to take such measures. However, Erskine did not specify the identity of the individuals who issued the directive nor the executives present during the incident.

In light of Warner’s recent statement regarding the withdrawal of his appeal to overturn his leadership ban, Erskine reiterated his previous stance on the 2018 Newlands ball-tampering scandal, emphasizing that more than three people were aware of the plans and suggesting that the complete truth would eventually surface.

Expressing discontent with the punishments meted out following the Newlands scandal, Erskine contended that Warner had been treated disproportionately harsh compared to others. He criticized Cricket Australia’s handling of the matter, suggesting that the leadership ban should have been resolved internally rather than through a review panel’s intervention.

Warner, having relinquished his ambitions to captain any cricket under Cricket Australia, took to the field and contributed 21 runs during the opening morning of the second Test against West Indies in Adelaide. Despite displaying an initial positive performance, Warner’s innings was cut short after an unfortunate edge against a wide delivery from Alzarri Joseph.

Reference

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/david-warner-manager-australia-told-to-tamper-with-ball-after-hobart-defeat

https://sportsmax.tv/cricket/cricket-international/item/110756-warner-s-manager-claims-australia-ball-tampering-scandal

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