Cricket: Siddle says ball-tampering trio should serve out bans


MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle says former captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft should serve out the remainder of their ball-tampering bans despite calls for Cricket Australia to cut their sanctions short.

Smith and vice-captain Warner were banned for a year for their part in the Cape Town scandal in March, while opening batsman Bancroft was suspended for nine months. The players union demanded CA lift the bans immediately following Monday’s release of the Longstaff review, which blamed the board in part for the events in South Africa. “You always want to see them playing cricket but I think … the punishments are there for a reason,” Siddle told reporters on Thursday.


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