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The Northern Territory news Tue 27 Mar 2018



The Northern Territory news Tue 27 Mar 2018

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28 SPORT TUESDAY MARCH 27 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Former Australian captain Steve Smith arrives back at the teams hotel in Cape Town yesterday. Smith is under fire for his role in the sides balltampering farce Picture: NASIEF MANIE/ WP MEDIA SMITH, WARNER LONG-TERM PLAYING FUTURES IN DOUBT STEVE Smith and David Warner most likely face one-year bans, with the 2019 World Cup and Ashes campaigns also in the balance. As Smiths claim that the ball tampering scandal was a one-off mistake was challenged in South Africa, Shane Warne dubbed the scam un-Australian. At the end of the day, the captain decided to take a decision to cheat on the field, Warne said. And Cricket Australia bosses have acknowledged that the disgraced captain and vice-captain, the alleged key ball tampering conspirators, must be sidelined for at least six months, according to insiders. But with only a one-day series in England in June and a two-Test series against Pakistan over the winter a ban also taking in next summers series against India is more likely. Such is the level of public anger that the pairs participation in next years World Cup campaign in the UK and the following Ashes series is also at risk, sources say. Darren Lehmanns head coach position was untenable, wellplaced sources said last night, while young batsman Cameron Bancroft, who was put up to the tampering, was expected to face a lesser penalty to Smith and Warner. JASON Gillespie has savaged the Australian cricket team, saying Steve Smith and David Warner are gone as its leaders. The highly regarded Australian coach and former Test paceman says the national team must rebuild its reputation from scratch following the ball-tampering debacle. The brutal reality is that this team are seen as arrogant and all too quick to dictate the line to others, Gillespie said in a Guardian column. The events over the weekend have exposed this as rank hypocrisy. Australian cricket will survive this and provided there is some honesty with the camp, it will hopefully emerge in better shape. New leaders will rise up and take the side forward. But it will not be Smith and it will not be Warner. Gillespie called it a train wreck and it beggared be ROGER VAUGHAN Jason Gillespie Steve Smith was suspended for the final Test, starting on Friday. Peter Handscomb is already in South Africa as part of the touring party. But the leadership group of Nathan Lyon, David Warner, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Glenn Maxwell GLENN Maxwell could be parachuted out of club cricket into South Africa as Australia continues to come to grips with the ball-tampering scandal. Maxwell has been playing in the Premier Cricket competition for the past two weekends and will take to the field in this weekends grand final for Fitzroy Doncaster. But he could find himself packing his bags for South Africa if called upon by Cricket Australia should there be a raft of suspensions. Queenslanders Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw also loom as possible replacements after TOBY PRIME NT Indigenous coach Greg Aldam played against Australian cricket mentor Darren Lehmann for a decade, and believes the under-siege boss is a great person and innocent until proven guilty after arguably the sports darkest day. The perceived culture at Cricket Australia has received the ire of sporting fans around the country after captain Steve Smith admitted to concocting a plan to alter the ball against South Africa during the recently completed third Test in Cape Town. Many are calling for the heads of Lehmann, Smith, vice-captain David Warner and ball tamperer Cameron Bancroft, who used dirt on a piece of tape to try to alter the condition of the ball. Aldam, also a life member at Nightcliff, played against Lehmann over a 10-year period at first-grade level in Adelaide, when he was at Port Adelaide and Lehmann at Salisbury. Darrens a terrific bloke and an impeccable character. Id be highly surprised if he had any prior knowledge of what was about to happen, Aldam told the NT News. I think he saw the footage of Cameron Bancroft on the screen and relayed a message to 12th man Peter Handscomb Aldam backing besieged Lehmann to run out and tell Bancroft that he had been caught. Im willing to back Darren at this stage. Im disappointed with the leadership group in the team because kids look up to these blokes and its heartbreaking. But there is now a chance for the game to move forward, be squeaky clean with its integrity and set some strong standards. NT Cricket chairman Bruce Walker echoed those thoughts, saying it was now a good opportunity to set high standards at grassroots level before the start of the 2018 season. We will encourage our players to demonstrate respect towards each other, and if anything disrespectful is said or done on the field, the umpires can step in and make a judgment, he said. Palmerston president Dave Davies believes the unrelenting pressure of playing in South Africa got to the Australians. Im not making excuses, but with South African officials wearing those Sonny Bill Williams masks in an attempt to get under the skin of Warner and his wife theyd be banned straight up for that here, he said. I can say that Warner and Matthew Wade were great when they were around our kids while the Australians were up here recently. JOSH SPASARO Culture change needed RUSSELL GOULD THE mood for change at the top of Australian cricket has grown to levels that cant be ignored in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal which will reverberate through the sport for some time. As more details emerge of what went down in the Cape Town dressing room before under-siege captain Steve Smith gave the green light for cheating, the playing ranks in Australian cricket remain shattered. Talk among players, officials, and others involved in the game revolves around a call to get the good guys back involved and attempt to re-establish a broken trust with crickets disgusted supporter base. Ricky Ponting should be coach, Justin Langer has to be involved, Mike Hussey too who has coaching experience. Even senior players like George Bailey, Cameron White and Peter Siddle need to be called on to redirect the national team from the wayward course it has travelled in recent years. Ponting has been in talks with Cricket Australia to increase his role after being an assistant to Lehmann touring the Twenty20 tri-series. Those discussions should become a matter of urgency. The outrage of former players to the activities of the current team and coach Darren Lehmann in South Africa is not only universal, but palpable. The boys club mentality has been thrown out the window and rather than circling the wagons around the current Australian leadership, the call has come thick and fast for change. Theres just been this stink around the team, more the way they go about things, one official said. Gillespie tears into Aussie leaders lief that when Smith initially fronted the media over the ball tampering, he did not seem to grasp the severity of the issue. This was pre-planned cheating. It may have been implemented by a junior player in Cameron Bancroft but it came with the backing and knowledge of the leadership group, a core of senior guys in the Australian set-up, he added. The reputation of a team who were already drawing scorn for their behaviour has been torched. Gillespie said it was crucial that the players in the leadership group were confirmed and there was certainty over whether team coaches were also involved. Replacements set for final Test Starc could also yet be banned after reportedly agreeing to illegally tamper with the ball, meaning Australia could need a swag of reinforcements. Cameron Bancroft avoided a ban from the International Cricket Council, instead receiving a hefty fine and three demerit points for his role in the scandal. The Australian Sports Commission has called for Bancroft to be sent home. However, officials at Maxwells club, Fitzroy Doncaster, are yet to receive word if he will be placed on standby for the fourth Test. Maxwell scored 36 and took 1-23 off eight overs on the weekend for Fitzroy Doncaster. CRISISCRICKET