Australia’s star batsman, Steve Smith has admitted that he didn’t want to return to the playing field after the ban was imposed on him. In March 2018, during the third Test match against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town, Cameron Bancroft was caught by television cameras trying to rough up one side of the ball with sandpaper to make it swing in flight.

The then captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were found to be involved and all three received unprecedented sanctions from Cricket Australia (CA). hey were handed with a one-year ban by CA for the same.

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Steve Smith Didn’t Want To Return After The 12-month Ban

A documentary named ‘The Test’ is slated to be released on Thursday. Well, it has interestingly made around a story on how these two players (Smith and Warner) rebuild their reputation following the ball-tampering scandal.

In that documentary, the directors have shown a detailed story and things that turned out to be the main components for their return ahead of the World Cup.

“From a personal point of view it was pretty tough and I’ve had times where I probably didn’t want to come back and play to be perfectly honest,” Steve Smith said as quoted by Fox Cricket.

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Steve Smith (Credits: Twitter)

Received A Warm Reception By Teammates After Returning: David Warner

David Warner also added the fact that he was accepted by his teammates with their both arms opened.

“In the last 12 months, I have had a lot of reflecting to do. With cricket and what happened in the past and getting better as a team person as well. From looking the outside in you can see the whole team as we have grown a lot. How we have been accepted in the past 24 hours. I don’t really feel like I’ve left. There was no unease or anything like that. It was back like I went out of the team yesterday and came back today,” Warner said.

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David Warner. (Credits: Twitter)

When he returned into the dressing room after a year, it never looked like he had ever left his team. All the players made him feel that he was never away from the national side.

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