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Australia bowlers considered boycotting Johannesburg Test if David Warner wasn't banned: Report

By CricnWin


Australia bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon were set to withdraw from the fourth Test of last year's series against South Africa had David Warner been free to play, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Following the Newlands ball-tampering scandal, the ICC had punished Cameron Bancroft and ex-skipper Steve Smith. However, Warner avoided any sanction from the governing body but was later found by a Cricket Australia investigation to be the "architect" behind the sandpaper gate. As a result, Warner and Smith were banned from playing international and domestic cricket for 12 months while Bancroft was banned for nine months.

The latest report reveals that there was disharmony in the dressing room in the aftermath of one of the most disturbing events in Australian cricket history.

Warner and Smith on Thursday (March 28) completed their one-year suspensions and are now free to continue their international careers. The pair spent little more than 24 hours with the Australia squad in Dubai this month and said it felt like they’d never left.

Despite Australia’s good show in ODIs against India and Pakistan, both players are expected to be named in the World Cup squad.

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