James Sutherland speaks about David Warner’s chances of playing for Australia
David Warner and Steve Smith had previously been banned for an year by Cricket Australia.
Updated - May 1, 2018 3:06 pm
Australian cricket hasn’t had the best of times in the recent times as they are recovering from the ball-tampering saga which took place last month in South Africa. David Warner, Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith had to face the wrath of suspensions. The incident was lamented by the entire nation and also by Malcolm Turnbull, the Prime Minister of Australia.
Following the fiasco, all the three cricketers hosted press conferences and apologized for their failure in judgement. Steve Smith severely broke down in the presence of his father, while David Warner, remarked that he might never represent Australia. Meanwhile, James Sutherland, the Chairman of Cricket Australia said that they can stage a comeback and believes that they deserve an opportunity to make amends.
“They deserve that opportunity”
“Absolutely, I think everyone deserves their chance and their own personal redemption story is very much in their own hands now. Each of them have to go about that during the time they’re out of the game and prove that their worthy (and) prove to the Australian selectors that they should want them back. They deserve that opportunity,” Sutherland was quoted as saying by Melbourne radio station SEN.
David Warner has been one of the stalwarts of Australian cricket, who has been pivotal to a number of Aussie triumphs in all three formats of the game. Sutherland couldn’t hold himself back from hailing the cricketer for the development he has shown throughout his career. He also defended his selection as the vice-captain of the team in 2015.
“David was very focused on being a better cricketer, being a better leader, being a better person and he worked very hard on those things. There were certainly good signals in that regard. You’ve only got to go to the end of our season in Australia before the team went to South Africa where he captained the team (in) a successful tri-series T20 competition to victory,” the Chairman added.