Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting mentioned Thursday he was once stunned via the ball-tampering scandal that has engulfed the nationwide staff however defended a tradition he insisted sought to play “arduous” and “honest”. Ponting, trainer of the Delhi Daredevils IPL staff, mentioned communicate of an over competitive perspective within the Australian dressing room were blown out of share following bans imposed on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. “That is the primary time I’ve in truth replied a unmarried query about what is took place in South Africa during the last couple of weeks,” Ponting, Australia’s Take a look at captain from 2004-2008, advised journalists in New Delhi forward of the beginning of the IPL season.
“On the finish of the day as a previous participant and as a former captain I used to be clearly moderately stunned to peer what in truth happened available in the market at the box.
“The pleasurable factor to me is that every one this factor is beginning to come to an finish,” he mentioned, relating to Smith and Warner’s acceptance of 1 yr bans.
Each have given tearful apologies for plotting to tamper with the ball within the 3rd Take a look at in South Africa closing month. Bancroft was once filmed the use of sandpaper to scuff the ball in Cape The town.
On best of the participant bans, present trainer Darren Lehmann has give up even if he was once cleared of any involvement.
Whilst an overhaul of Australian cricket is most probably, Ponting defended their cricketing tradition, announcing the staff have all the time performed arduous and honest. Australia two times received the International Cup when he was once taking part in.
“We in Australia love to play the sport arduous and we love to play the sport honest and our fanatics be expecting Australian gamers play that approach,” mentioned Ponting.
“I feel the response again in Australia was once as large because it was once as a result of I feel the Australian public felt the Australian gamers hadn’t performed the sport in a good approach.
“The cultural factor for me is what’s a truly fascinating factor. As a result of whilst you wound the clock again simply a few months when Australia received the Ashes there was once no speak about cultural issues or problems by any means.
“So I feel numerous instances those cultural issues get blown out of share and get spoken about so much when the truth of the dressing room is totally other from what’s in truth spoken about at all times,” he mentioned.