Advance Australia fair, but we’ll be watching you
Coach wants the team to earn back our respect after Sandpapergate Scandal, but they still mean business
It would appear Australian cricket’s road to perdition relatively quickly intersected the one to redemption.
The so-called Sandpapergate Scandal which enveloped the team in March 2018 at Newlands took the game in Australia to its nadir. David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft ’s actions forced Australia to gaze inward and reach for what remained of its soul.
You may recall Bancroft was captured on television trying to rough up one side of the ball. He was banned for nine months, while Smith and Warner were suspended for a year – and in the case of the latter would not be considered for a leadership role in the team in future...