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Australia coach Lehmann wants forgiveness for banned trio

Australia coach Lehmann wants forgiveness for banned trio

"In terms of the bans, that's a decision Cricket Australia had to make - and that's for them to decide".

The players have the option to challenge the penalties under the Cricket Australia rulings.

"For me to carry that out in front of world cricket and to be seen breaking the laws of the game, not playing within the spirit of the game, it's completely how cricket shouldn't be played", he said.

After India's tour, the 25-year-old Bancroft will be available for selection when Sri Lanka visit Australia in early 2019 for two Tests and three ODIs before Australia travel to India for five ODIs and two T20 matches, which have already been scheduled between Feb 24 and March 13.

Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months. Cricket has been my life and I hope it can be again.

The fallout extended beyond Australia.

Following his dramatic confession on Saturday, Smith stepped down as captain for the remainder of the Test while vice-captain David Warner did the same.

But there remains the possibility of an appeal for all three players, with the Australian Cricketers' Association voicing concerns over the way in which CA handled the case.

Its a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy. The statement by the board added that the disgraced players will be encouraged to associate with club cricket to that their links with cricket community are not hampered. CA asked wicketkeeper Tim Paine to captain the side in place of Smith.

David Warner and Steve Smith will be banned from playing for Australia for 12 months while Bancroft will face a ban for 9 months. "Until then, we were not sure what we were looking at".

Australian cricket captain Steve Smith wearing a cap with the Qantas logo on Tuesday
Australian cricket captain Steve Smith wearing a cap with the Qantas logo on Tuesday

Warner, a hard-hitting batsman but divisive figure in the world game, has become the focus of Australian media, who blame him for the scandal.

"But the jump to hysteria is something that has elevated the offence beyond what they actually did, and maybe we're at a point where the punishment just might not fit the crime".

Lehmann would step down himself, though, shortly after the bans and a particularly tearful apology from Smith.

Axed Australian cricket captain Steve Smith is escorted by Police officers as he leaves the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa March 28, 2018.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann on Wednesday admitted that Steve Smith and David Warner had made "grave mistake" but urged everyone to be a bit more humane in their approach as they are not "bad people". However, any return will depend on public and team approval if the chance arose in the future.

David Warner: suspension of 12 months from all global and domestic cricket.

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke said there is more to the story than meets the eye.

Foxsports.com.au suggest that Warner has infuriated his team-mates at their hotel in Cape Town by drinking champagne with his non-cricket friends.

Bancroft also asserted that he had not tampered with the ball before. The players originally said they used yellow sticky tape and dirt.

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