Graeme Smith backs Steve Smith to ‘come back really strong’

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Graeme Smith: “I expect him to bounce back and come back really strong”

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Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith believes that ex-Australia skipper Steve Smith will “bounce back and come back really strong” once his 12-month ban expires.

Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were all banned by Cricket Australia for their involvement in a ball tampering scandal that stunned the cricketing world.

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 Steve 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, who lost the vice-captaincy, won’t be considered for leadership roles in the future.

Sharing his thoughts on the incident, Graeme Smith was quoted by Times Live as saying: “The Australia team got into that mindset of winning at all costs and the way they play the game.

“I would love to interview him (Steve) and ask him if that’s something he wishes he had sort of changed a little bit as the leader in terms of the culture, how they play, the win at all cost mindset. And how he’s reviewed that now after the situation. That will be an interesting interview.

While Graeme Smith admits that Steve Smith made a serious error in judgment, he is confident that the 28-year-old has learnt his mistake and will return mentally stronger.

“Playing at the top level is competitive, you want to win,” he said. “He’s still a young man, we have all made mistakes. I expect him to bounce back and come back really strong. Mentally he would have grown a lot from this situation.”

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