Australia bowlers deny report of rift with Warner

MELBOURNE, Mar 31 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 3/31/2019 12:48:30 PM IST

Australia’s four frontline bowlers, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon, have denied a media report they were prepared to boycott last year’s fourth test against South Africa if David Warner was picked for the match.

Vice captain Warner was banned for 12 months for a ball-tampering scandal. Local media, however, reported on Thursday that the bowlers had considered boycotting the match if Warner, who was identified as the instigator of the plot for Cameron Bancroft to scuff up the ball with sandpaper, was selected.

“We are extremely disappointed in an article (that) claims we intended to withdraw from the fourth test during last year’s tour of South Africa had David Warner been free to play,” the four bowlers said in a Cricket Australia statement on Sunday.

“This claim is disappointing on a number of fronts but most importantly because it is false. As a team we are all focused on moving forward together and helping the Australian men’s team prepare for the World Cup and the Ashes.”

The statement is the latest episode in the long-running scandal, which forced Cricket Australia into a major overhaul of its organisational culture and administration after a damning review labelled it as ‘arrogant’ which had produced a ‘win-at-all-costs’ mentality in the team. 


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