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England captain Joe Root believes that the lengthy bans Cricket Australia handed down to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for their involvement in the ball tampering scandal serves as a “strong statement to world cricket”.
Smith and Warner, who was deemed responsible for instructing Bancroft to use sandpaper to tamper with the ball on the third day of the third Test in Cape Town, were banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia. Bancroft, meanwhile, was suspended for nine months.
In addition to this, Smith will not be allowed to captain Australia for two years, while Warner won’t be considered for leadership roles in the future.
“It can’t have been nice for Steve,” Root told Sky Sports. “I know he loves the game and I am sure he will be hurting personally right now.
“Cricket Australia have made a strong statement to world cricket. I think with the reaction it has had around the game, from the noise it has it has had, it shows what people want to watch on the field.
“They want to watch good hard cricket but played within the laws of the game and the amount of tension this has had has backed that up.
“As an international player you have responsibility now moving forward more than ever to make sure you’re doing that and that’s exactly what we need to make sure we continue to do.”