Justin Langer would be happy to welcome back the banned trio

Justin Langer would be happy to welcome back the banned trio

"They are cricket tragics and they're great kids and that's why it's such a surprise they made the mistake they did I think," he said.

Justin Langer
Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

The ball-tampering scandal which shook the cricketing world in March saw Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft and David Warner getting suspended by Cricket Australia (CA). They will possibly return to action for their national side before the ODI World Cup in England next year. The new head coach of the team Justin Langer believes that all three could return to the team once their suspension periods are over if they are able to meet his standards. He also had some encouraging words for them which will make their fans feel better.

Langer signed a four-year deal with CA as the head coach of the Australian cricket team and has a lot of challenges in front of him. His first assignment at the helm would be the 5-match ODI series in England which is crucial as they had lost to them Down Under earlier this year.

They’re great kids

Justin Langer, while speaking to the media after his appointments, praised all the three suspended cricketers but felt they will need to improve a lot going forward. “Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith, literally besides Mike Hussey, love the game of cricket more than anyone I know. They are cricket tragics and they’re great kids and that’s why it’s such a surprise they made the mistake they did I think. They’re great kids, they’ve made mistakes, we’ve all made mistakes, we can all get better at things,” he said.

He also cleared that he loves the way David Warner plays his cricket and hailed him while saying, “Davey Warner is the same. He’s a really good young bloke, he made a mistake. I love the way he plays his cricket. I’m a cricket tragic, the way he runs between the wickets, the way he fields, the way he bats, they’re things that for the less trained eye, you might not respect that as much but I love the way he plays his cricket.” Though Langer made it clear they would have to meet the Australian cricket standards to make a comeback at the highest level.

“If we can keep mentoring them and helping them and they want to keep getting better and they want to meet the standards of the Australian cricket team, then, of course, they’ll be welcomed back,” he concluded.

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