The bowling group was in touch with Bancroft before issuing the statement: Tim Paine
With the much-maligned “Sandpaper gate ” threatening to raise its head after a recent interview of Cameron Bancroft in which he indirectly indicated that the bowling group was in the knowhow of the plans and the subsequent rebuttal of all allegations by the bowling group of the Newlands test 2018 in a joint statement, the Australian test captain Tim Paine revealed that the bowling group was in direct touch with Bancroft on the subject.
The bowling group was in touch with Bancroft before issuing the statement: Tim Paine. Paine said that the bowlers were in direct contact with Bancroft to clear the air after the latter’s comments caused a lot of flutter in the Australian cricket circles.
“I think they’re frustrated that it keeps popping up but I think that’s part and parcel for everyone who played in that test match. Their mood was fine, I think they’ve spoken to (Bancroft), cleared the air there. I think everyone’s looking forward to moving on,” Paine said.
It may be note that past Aussie players and leading journalists in the media came out with many comments post-Bancroft interview. That threatened to reopen the can of worms on this scandal which tarnished the reputation of Cricket Australia in 2018.
Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke with his comments even accused the group of players involved in the scandal. Suggested that the bowlers were very smart in choosing the wordings in their latest statement. He continues to believe that the bowlers were a part of the plot.
After talking about the bowling group being in touch with Bancroft. Tim Paine also suggested that Bancroft’s comments will not harm his chances for an Australian comeback.
“We don’t pick test teams on what they say in the media. We pick test teams on how many runs they’re scoring and that certainly won’t be held against him.” Paine clarified.