Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has taken a swipe at Cameron Bancroft, accusing the banned opener of attempting to restore his picture amid renewed debate about whether or not David Warner may be reintegrated into the nationwide facet.
Bancroft revisited the Cape City ball-tampering scandal in an interview broadcast throughout Fox Sports activities’ Boxing Day protection, suggesting he “didn’t know any higher” when requested by Warner to intervene with the ball at Newlands.
The broadcaster additionally aired a separate interview with Steve Smith, who spoke of the “darkish house” he was in after the tampering furore.
Bancroft’s nine-month ban expires on Saturday whereas Warner, who’s but to talk in depth in regards to the occasions in Cape City, and Smith have one other three months to serve.
All three are more likely to be in Australia’s plans for subsequent yr’s Ashes however it stays to be seen if bridges have been burned, with former opener Michael Slater suggesting the connection between Warner and Bancroft is untenable.
Ponting mentioned he was shocked by the timing of Bancroft’s interview which threatened to overshadow the most important day on Australia’s cricketing calendar.
“I used to be disenchanted with a couple of issues and I don’t suppose he needed to say a number of the issues he needed to say,” Ponting mentioned on the Seven Community.
“Even the way in which he introduced himself in that interview … he’s attempting to rebuild his model and that kind of factor, and I feel a number of the issues he’s needed to say have really completed extra injury to his model than what had occurred earlier than.”
Bancroft mentioned within the interview with Adam Gilchrist that he “simply needed to slot in and really feel valued”.
A CA investigation discovered that Warner was the architect of the unlawful ploy, and that no person outdoors Warner, Smith and Bancroft knew of the one-off plan to change the ball with sandpaper.
Smith declined to handle the incident intimately however shed additional gentle on the function former Cricket Australia executives James Sutherland and Pat Howard performed in establishing a poisonous tradition of profitable with out counting the prices.
Seven Community commentator Slater accused Smith and Bancroft of making an attempt to “bury” Warner, including it could be troublesome for the divisive star to return to the staff.
“There’s a technique behind Steve Smith and Bancroft, and Dave Warner’s off the radar for the time being,” Slater mentioned.
“When it comes to a respectful touch upon Dave Warner, there’s been none of that. So to me, it’s untenable, they’ve buried him in a short time.”