India Today – Steve Smith still has a little over three months before he can return to international cricket but is leaving no stone unturned to keep himself fit and ready for selection as soon as his ball-tampering ban ends in March.

Summary

  • Steve Smith still has a little over three months before he can return to international cricket but is leaving no stone unturned to keep himself fit and ready for selection as soon as his ball-tampering ban ends in March.
  • In a new Vodafone commercial, Smith could be seen talking to budding cricketers about his ordeal in Cape Town after he admitted to hatching a plan to tamper with the ball in the second Test against South Africa.
  • Since returning to Australia after the ball-tampering scandal, Smith has been playing NSW Premier Cricket for Sutherland Cricket Club, who he captained to the NSW Premier T20 championship on Sunday at the SCG.
  • ‘Sandpapergate’, as it was called, resulted in the suspensions of Smith and Warner for a year while Bancroft got away with a nine-month ban even though he was the one who was caught on camera changing the condition of the ball with a sandpaper in the Cape Town Test match.
  • The Australian Cricketers’ Association demanded a reduction in the length of the bans on Smith, Warner and Bancroft but CA refused to oblige.


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