Age, The (Melbourne, Australia) – Teammates have caught up with Smith and Warner over the course of their year-long bans and Cummins expects the process over the next month to help all parties.
- Much has changed since the tumultuous events of March last year when a piece of yellow sandpaper plummeted Australian cricket into a crisis it is only now emerging from.
- Skipper Tim Paine spoke at the Australian cricket awards about how there had been a “reset” although the team still wants to play “tough, aggressive Australian cricket”.
- That has meant a less hostile attitude on the field in terms of verbal confrontation and a desire to win back the support of the Australian public, a relationship which had waned in recent years amid the team’s overly aggressive demeanour.
- Cummins, 25, is part of a new wave of emerging leaders and the Allan Border Medallist could even take the new ball come the World Cup and Ashes tour this year depending on the form and health of fellow quicks Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc.
- Smith has to wait until March next year before he can have a leadership role again – should that be the best move for him and the team – but Warner, the so-called architect of the ball tampering in Cape Town which prompted Cameron Bancroft to use the sandpaper, has been banned from ever again having a leadership position.