Hyer's Highlights: Australian Cricket Scandal
Benji Hyer speaks to Australian student and cricket enthusiast Jo Friedman, calling from Melbourne, about the Australian cricket scandal
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Australia cricket captain Steve Smith and vice-skipper David Warner have been banned for a year and suspended from captaining Australia for at least the next two years for ball-tampering.
Cameron Bancroft has also given a nine-month ban and will not be considered for "any team leadership positions in the future" for carrying out the cheating in South Africa last week.
An investigation confirmed that Bancroft, under the instruction of Smith and Warner, used sandpaper to damage the ball and change its condition during the third Test against South Africa. It found Smith and Bancroft had made "misleading public comments" when claiming that it had actually been yellow tape instead.
Andy Pycroft, who is on the elite panel of international cricket match referees, declared that carrying a "foreign object on to the field of play with the intention of changing the condition of the ball to gain an unfair advantage over your opponent is against not only the laws, but against the spirit of the game as well". It is inconclusive as to whether the ball-tampering was a feature of Australia's Ashes win against England.
Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was quick to call the affair bitterly disappointing for "the whole nation". And upon hearing the extent of his punishment for this alleged cheating, former captain Steve Smith broke down in tears during his press conference, whilst batsman David Warner says he is "resigned to the fact" that he may never play for Australia again after his part in the ball-tampering scandal.
On his Sunday radio show, Benji Hyer spoke to Australian student and cricket enthusiast Jo Friedman, calling from Melbourne, to give his insight and perspective into the controversy, and whether the punishment was proportional.
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Benji Hyer on the Australian Cricket Scandal
Benji Hyer speaks to Australian student and cricket enthusiast Jo Friedman, calling from Melbourne, to give his insight and perspective into the controversy, and whether the punishment was proportional. (6 minutes)