5. Pat Cummins
The current Australian captain in the longest format of the game, Pat Cummins, had a topsy-turvy career. He debuted versus South Africa in 2011 and was considered a bright prodigy for Australia. Cummins took 1/38 and 6/79, becoming the second youngest Test cricketer to take six wickets in an innings.
4. Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya, India’s premier all-rounder, has been involved in a number of controversies during his cricket career. In January 2019, Pandya along with KL Rahul appeared in a TV show ‘Koffee with Karan’ and made several controversial comments for which they received immediate backlash.
3. Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes, arguably the best all-rounder in cricket at the moment, has been a frequent target of controversy off the field. He was allegedly involved in a brawl with two other men outside a nightclub. He also missed the 2017–18 Ashes and the second Test match against India due to the incident and the subsequent trial.
2. David Warner
David Warner, Steve Smith’s teammate and former vice-captain, was alleged of being behind the Australian team’s ball-tampering action. As a result, he was banned for a year from all forms of international and domestic cricket, as well as from holding any leadership responsibilities.
1. Steve Smith
The former Australian captain was embroiled in the sandpaper scandal, which shook the entire cricket world. He summoned a news conference and broke down in front of the media after receiving condemnation from all over the world. Smith promptly resigned as Australia’s captain and admitted responsibility for his actions.