Adam Gilchrist affirms David Warner may soon explain his side of the ball-tampering story

Bancroft's interview was aired recently where he said it was David Warner who suggested the idea.

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The ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket earlier this year has again become the headline of the news. Cameron Bancroft, who carried on the action of tampering the ball, made a statement that it was the vice-captain of that team David Warner who had suggested him to tamper with the red-cherry.

Meanwhile, Australian legend Adam Gilchrist reckons that Warner may need to come out soon to explain his side of the story. The interview of Bancroft with Gilchrist was conducted during the third Test between Australia and India at Melbourne during which the right-hander admitted that his opening partner in that series was the one who asked him to alter the condition of the ball using sandpaper.

Subsequently, Bancroft was handed a nine-month suspension whereas the then skipper Steve Smith, who failed to stop it from happening was slapped with a one-year ban along with Warner. The retired wicketkeeper-batsman remained ingrained on the opinion that this is the point where Warner needs to come out to explain himself as he is being made the scapegoat of the infamous saga.

“There’s no doubt that David Warner would be feeling so isolated right now. I would encourage Dave to come out wherever and just be honest and as open as you need to be to get back to playing cricket.” Gilchrist said as quoted by Timesnow.

Bancroft accepts responsibility of the situation

The Western Australian admitted that he takes full responsibility for the situation and that he made an error of judgement while looking to fit into the team. He also said that the situation of the game had entirely clouded his judgement of right and wrong and ended up taking the wrong one.

“Dave suggested me to carry out the action on the ball, given the situation we were in the game, and I didn’t know any better. I didn’t know any better because I just wanted to fit in and feel valued – really – as simple as that.” Bancroft told Gilchrist on Fox Sports.

“I take no responsibility but the responsibility I have on myself and my own actions because I am not a victim. I had a choice and I made a massive mistake and that is what is in my control,” the 26-year-old further said.

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