Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones feels that recent statements of Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft on the ball-tampering scandal have added to the constant reminder that the Australians had cheated. Meanwhile, Bancroft recently blamed the incident on David Warner, who is also banned from international cricket.
However, Jones felt the two players should keep quite and not involved themselves in any matter. Smith’s and Warner’s one-year bans end in March while Bancroft’s nine-month suspension concludes in the next few days.
“These interviews are almost as bad as the fine grade of sandpaper the players used to scratch the ball. Why am I so upset with these interviews? Everywhere Australian players go around the world, we are always reminded that we have cheated,” Dean Jones said.
Moreover, the former cricketer is upset with the constant discussions on the ball-tampering scandal. He also said that the cricketers are matured enough to take their decisions and they had already paid for the consequences.
“It feels like we have a huge tattoo on our foreheads that we cannot erase. These three boys were old enough to make the right decisions. Sadly, they have to pay for their consequences, as do we,” he added.
In addition to, Dean Jones said the Australian cricket fans had enough of the controversy that led to a review of the country’s cricket culture and the axing of top CA officials.
“What were they thinking? Who advised Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft to do those interviews with Fox Cricket? All this has done is add more fuel to a fire that the majority of the public don’t really want to hear about anymore,” Jones further added.
Furthermore, Jones is in fear about the recent decision that Warner had taken. Warner is considering doing a television interview in reaction to Bancroft’s comments, which have painted him in a poor light.
“Well, they have made another bad judgment. The public just wants you to do the right thing. If you are not good enough, then you are not good enough. They didn’t have to resort to cheating,” Dean Jones concluded.