Watson shares his thoughts on the ball tampering scandal

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Shane Watson: “It is an extreme penalty for what they did”

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Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson believes the bans handed down to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for their roles in the ball tampering scandal were too harsh.

It is understood that Warner played a leading role in the scandal, which occurred on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town, as he told Bancroft to alter the condition of the ball with sandpaper.

As a result, Warner and Smith were banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months. Smith won’t be allowed to captain Australia for two years, while Warner won’t be considered for leadership roles in the future.

When asked about the length of the bans, Watson, who recently led the Chennai Super Kings to Indian Premier League (IPL) glory after scoring an unbeaten 117 in the final against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, was quoted by cricket.com.au as saying: “It is an extreme penalty for what they did compared to the bans that have happened and the reprimands that have happened in the past.

“They’ve paid a heavy price, there is no question, and when they come back they will be doing everything they can to try and repay people for the mistakes they made.”

Watson admitted that Smith, Warner and Bancroft “made a huge error of judgment”, but expressed his confidence that new head coach Justin Langer is the “right man” to help restore the team’s tarnished reputation and image.

“He is certainly going to make sure the Aussies are on the right track,” Watson said.

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