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Former Australia batsman Adam Voges believes that it’s “genuinely possible” head coach Darren Lehmann had no idea about the ball tampering plan.
Voges’ remarks come after Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said that the board’s investigation found that only captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft planned and knew about the incident.
As a result, Lehmann kept hold of his position, even though there was speculation that he would step down.
As for Smith, Warner and Bancroft, they will return home from South Africa on Wednesday and miss the fourth Test in Johannesburg, which starts on Friday.
With the trio out of the team, Matt Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns were called up as their replacements.
“Being in a cricketing change room throughout the last 16 years of my life, the lunchtime break is not generally a time where you sit down purely as a group and discuss a lot of things,” Voges told SEN radio as quoted by foxsports.com.au. “It isn’t really until you step back onto the field and the captain has a bit of a say about what the plans are coming up to the next session that everybody is together again at the same time.
“So I think it’s genuinely possible that the three guys that have already been mentioned are the only guys who did know about it at the time.”
Voges added that he has been in contact with some of the Australian players and revealed that there is a very sombre mood within the team.
“It’s been an incredibly tough day for a lot of them,” he said. “They’re still struggling, a lot of the team. You can’t go to bed one night and wake up the next morning and it’s all gone so they’re still living with this at the moment.”