Mitchell Johnson believes that the bans on the trio shouldn’t be lifted
Ian Chappell equally supports Mitchell Johnson’s statement.
Published - Nov 18, 2018 7:52 pm | Updated - Nov 18, 2018 7:52 pm
Australian cricket is immensely struggling to put up a competent performance with hardly any of their players finding form. In the wake of this, the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) submitted a report to lift the moratorium placed on David Warner, Steve Smith, and Cameron Bancroft and allow them to play the series against India.
Cricket Australia, however, are thinking hard on this but it seems that the bans will stay and no changes will be made. Since the time the trio were banned, Australia haven’t won a single series against any of the teams. They lost the T20I and the ODI series in England, the Test and the T20I series in the UAE against Pakistan.
They have found it difficult to even put up good performances at home by losing the ODI and the T20I leg against South Africa. The series against India presents no less than an uphill challenge. The Indian team have already arrived in Australia and will start their campaign with the first of the three T20Is at Brisbane on 21st November.
Former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson condones Cricket Australia’s decision of not reducing the bans. The retired speedster took it out to Twitter responding that the prohibition on them shouldn’t be mitigated as they have accepted their bans and didn’t challenge CA’s decision. He wrote, “Steve Smith and David Warner could play the final rounds of Sheffield Shield season with ban reduction being seriously discussed ahead of final call at board meeting”.
Here’s what Johnson’s tweet said
I thought 3 players were banned 🤔So does that mean Cameron Bancroft’s ban will be reduced to the same amount as Smith & Warner if it goes ahead? They all accepted their bans & didn’t contest it so I think the bans should stay https://t.co/9IoCfjl3P5
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) November 18, 2018
Johnson is not the only one condoning it
Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell equally supports Mitchell Johnson’s statement. Chappell believes that the ban must stay to serve since that would set an example for the future generations and all the players in the world regarding not using any unfair means to win a game.
“Do I think the bans that some of the bans should have been reduced. No, I don’t think they should, because of the things that came out of the long staff review was that they felt the attitude was to win and don’t count the cost. If they would have brought Smith, Warner, and Bancroft back into the team against India, then they would say ‘here we go again’, don’t count the cost let’s just make sure we win,” Chappell told ESPNcricinfo.