Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh speaks out in favour of Steve Smith. In a media talk, Waugh said that Australian cricket needs ex-captain Steve Smith and he is likely to be welcomed back with open arms.
“We need him back in Australian cricket,” Waugh told Australian media.
Smith and Warner were banned for one-year from international and state cricket over the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa in March, while Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months.
“You can’t lose someone of his quality overnight and expect to replace it and he’s still only relatively young.”
All three players accepted responsibility for the scandal that rocked the sport, with Smith’s tearful apology on his arrival back in Australia tugging at the heartstrings.
“The Australian public still adore him, they are forgiving,” he said. “He (Smith) made a mistake and he’s paid a heavy price for it.
“But if he gets back out there and plays with the same enthusiasm and passion, he loves playing cricket, he loves scoring runs, he wants to get back playing for Australia, I think Australians will move past what happened before.
“They obviously remember it, but they’re big enough to realise you can make a mistake and grow from that and be stronger.”
Waugh also hoped that Warner would also get a second chance.
“I hope so, you have to give guys an opportunity to redeem themselves. They’ve apologised and paid a heavy price,” he said,
The former skipper said that it’s going to be a challenge for them to bounce back stronger.
He further added, “You’re out for 12 months, the game does move on, you lose that aura of invincibility a little bit, you become a bit more fragile, a few self-doubts creeps in.