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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds slams team for ball tampering controversy


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Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has unleashed on the Australian cricket team for what he deems a "bonehead" decision to tamper with the ball.

Speaking on Fox Sports, Symonds did not pull any punches when discussing the incident that resulted in the bans to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

"It was a bonehead decision to go to that. We don’t need to be doing that,” Symonds said.

"If someone plays better cricket than you on the day and in the game and they beat you, and you’ve had a crack, well that’s fine, you shake hands and accept defeat and you move on.”

 Symonds was a part of some of the most fearsome Australian teams in cricket history

Like many past players, Symonds said he was particularly hurt by how the actions of the current team tarnished the established reputation of the Baggy Green that had been built up through generations of great Australian teams. 

“I was hurt, disappointed and concerned for what backlash it was going to have for the past players that had got Australian cricket into the heights that it had (reached),” he said.

“I thought of people like AB (Allan Border), the battles he had getting the team back into the top three sides in the world.

“The two captains that I played under, Stephen (Waugh) and Ricky (Ponting), I felt for those men.

“And obviously our great players that played the game in the right spirit and didn’t go to that. The thing with it was we didn’t need to go to that.”

 The former One Day star said he was hurt by the actions of Australia's tampering trio

Australia will play their first series at home against old foes India, and Symonds suggested that there is only one thing the team can do to win back the hearts of disenchanted fans.

"People are disappointed…we’re not known for being called out as cheats," he said.

"The playing group are very embarrassed and disappointed with it. Now they have an opportunity to get everything back on track.

"For them it is going to have to be result based. Winning in this country is pretty much everything, especially when it comes to this cricket team.”

Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has unleashed on the Australian cricket team for what he deems a "bonehead" decision to tamper with the ball.

Speaking on Fox Sports, Symonds did not pull any punches when discussing the incident that resulted in the bans to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

"It was a bonehead decision to go to that. We don’t need to be doing that,” Symonds said.

"If someone plays better cricket than you on the day and in the game and they beat you, and you’ve had a crack, well that’s fine, you shake hands and accept defeat and you move on.”

 Symonds was a part of some of the most fearsome Australian teams in cricket history

Like many past players, Symonds said he was particularly hurt by how the actions of the current team tarnished the established reputation of the Baggy Green that had been built up through generations of great Australian teams. 

“I was hurt, disappointed and concerned for what backlash it was going to have for the past players that had got Australian cricket into the heights that it had (reached),” he said.

“I thought of people like AB (Allan Border), the battles he had getting the team back into the top three sides in the world.

“The two captains that I played under, Stephen (Waugh) and Ricky (Ponting), I felt for those men.

“And obviously our great players that played the game in the right spirit and didn’t go to that. The thing with it was we didn’t need to go to that.”

 The former One Day star said he was hurt by the actions of Australia's tampering trio

Australia will play their first series at home against old foes India, and Symonds suggested that there is only one thing the team can do to win back the hearts of disenchanted fans.

"People are disappointed…we’re not known for being called out as cheats," he said.

"The playing group are very embarrassed and disappointed with it. Now they have an opportunity to get everything back on track.

"For them it is going to have to be result based. Winning in this country is pretty much everything, especially when it comes to this cricket team.”

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