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Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has lashed out at the recent interview of Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft. Both of these players had spoken their heart out in their recent interview with former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist.

Meanwhile, the former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting was also not impressed by the respective interviews of both the players. Ponting had said he was shocked at the interviews of both players. On the other hand, Michael Clarke believes the timing of these interviews is wrong as it is the start of Australian summer.

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Clarke joins Ponting and Dean Jones in slamming the interview.

“It still makes me so angry watching bringing up what happened in South Africa as a past Australian player and captain. I am so surprised that Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft have done interviews at this stage,” Clarke reportedly said.

“For the Australian public there are still so many questions unanswered even after these two have done these interviews.

“If you’re going to do these interviews, you have got to answer those tough questions. If you’re not willing to answer those then don’t the interview.

“I just think these two interviews … the timing wasn’t right. It was the start of the Australian summer.

Steven Smith had said he had an opportunity to stop the ball tampering and he was disappointed that he didn’t do it. On the other hand, Cameron Bancroft revealed that it was David Warner who asked him to alter the condition of the ball. Meanwhile, Bancroft has now served his ban of nine months and will play tomorrow for Perth Scorchers in the ongoing Big Bash League.

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“These three players can score runs, help whichever team they are playing their cricket for and come back and play for Australia. That’s what they need to do.

“Don’t talk about what happened unless you’re going to come out and be 100 per cent honest with no skeletons in the closet. Unless you’re going to do that, just play cricket, come back into the team and help Australia win matches.”

In fact, former Australian batsman Dean Jones was also not impressed by the recent interviews. Meanwhile, David Warner has not yet given his part of the story.

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