Steve Smith ‘took the blame’ for ball-tampering scandal but entire Australia squad was involved, says Andrew Flintoff
Andrew Flintoff believes the entire Australian team was involved in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked world cricket in 2018 and then skipper Steve Smith just "took the blame" to save his side.
Former ICC umpire Ian Gould says Australia had gone 'out of control' at least two years before ball-tampering scandal
Gould, who retired after last year's World Cup, relayed what had been spotted on the TV, Cameron Bancroft putting sandpaper down his trousers, to the on-field umpires
Two years ago, Australian cricket had plunged into its deepest crisis with the ‘Sandpapergate’ drama being played out in the third Test between South Africa and Australia at Cape Town. Under the mentorship of Justin Langer – master of the mind game – and Tim Paine, as skipper, the much-maligned team has now regained its rightful position among the best cricketing nations in the world.
Steve Smith eligible to captain Australia as two-year leadership ban post ball-tampering scandal ends
Steve Smith's two-year leadership ban ended quietly on Sunday, leaving him eligible to captain Australia at a time of uncertainty over when international cricket will resume.
South Africa vs Australia: Quinton de Kock says he and David Warner have 'moved on' from bitter altercation during 2018 Test series
As they prepare to meet again in the first of three T20Is in Johannesburg on Friday, De Kock says he harbours no bitterness towards Warner
Australia vs New Zealand: Cameron Bancroft axed as Aussies name 13-man squad for upcoming Test series
Bancroft remains on standby for the first Test, which starts at Perth on 12 December, as Australia otherwise has retained the players who completed a 2-0 series sweep of Pakistan.
Marnus Labuschagne played a knock of 185 runs during Australia's massive win over Pakistan in the first Test.
Australia vs Pakistan: Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns back; Usman Khawaja, Marcus Harris axed for Pakistan Tests
Cameron Bancroft is one of three specialist openers for Australia, along with Joe Burns and David Warner, but is more likely to play down the order if selected for the two Tests starting in Brisbane next week, followed by a day-night clash in Adelaide.
Nic Maddinson on Saturday pulled out of Australia A's clash against Pakistan in Perth on mental health grounds, all-but ruling him out of contention for a berth in the Test squad.
Lyon is the latest Australian to sign with an English county for the 2020 season, with Travis Head joining Sussex, Cameron Bancroft at Durham and Peter Siddle returning to Essex
Aaron Finch was dumped from Tests after scoring just 97 runs in three matches as an opener against India last summer, later declaring his chances of padding up again had 'probably slipped away'.
Durham recruited Bancroft, 26, after he had served a nine-month ban imposed for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that rocked Australian cricket in 2018.
Ashes 2019: Australia coach Justin Langer calls for patience with young batsmen who have struggled to get runs
Australia took an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-Test series following their 185-run win in the fourth Test at Old Trafford and now have the chance to wrap up their first series win in England since 2001, when Steve Waugh’s men won 4-1.
Ashes 2019: 'Steve Smith will be always remembered as cheat', says former England pacer Steve Harmison
Steve Smith might be scoring runs in abundance but for former England cricketer Steve Harmison, he will remain a cheat.
WATCH: Fan calls David Warner 'cheat' during fourth Ashes Test; Australia opener gives befitting response
Ever since his reintegration into International cricket following his year-long ban, which expired on 29 March, Australia opener David Warner has coped a hostile reception from cricket fans in England.
Ashes 2019: With Jofra Archer breathing fire, momentum on their side and Steve Smith out, England have chance to draw level at Headingley
The tide has turned with the arrival of Archer. With momentum in their arsenal and absence of Steve Smith, this is England's chance to draw level and gain the mental edge at Headingley.
Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer's ability to generate speed 'out of nowhere' will make him tough to face, says Steve Waugh
Steve Waugh believes England debutant fast bowler Jofra Archer's ability to generate speed 'seemingly out of nowhere' will make him tough to face.
Player's off-field conduct should be taken into account while awarding financial incentives, Ethics Professor suggests BCCI
The lecture was given by Dr Simon Longstaff, who supervised Cricket Australia's 'Cultural Review' report which led to landmark changes in their win-at-all-cost approach.
Ashes 2019: Australia left hoping for another Steve Smith special as England take charge of first Test on Day 3
Australia were left hoping for another major innings from Steve Smith as England took charge of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.
Ashes series 2019, England vs Australia, Highlights, 1st Test Day 2 at Edgbaston, Full Cricket Score: Rory Burns slams ton; hosts trail by 17
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