Former Australian cricket captain Ian Chappell has renewed his tirade at Cricket Australia due to his decision to give Steve Smith and David Warner different penalties for the roles they played in the 2018 saga of ball manipulation.
Chappell, who captained Australia in 30 Tests in the 1970s, has reiterated his stance on the leadership battle following Cricket Australia’s decision to appoint Smith as Test vice-captain.
Pat Cummins was inducted as Australia’s 47th Test captain on Friday and Smith as his deputy, a week after Tim Paine resigned amid a sexting scandal.
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While Smith received a two-year management suspension in the wake of the Cape Town cheating drama, Warner was hit by a life-long leadership ban – a call that makes Chappell angry.
“I wish Cricket Australia had taken a clean break, but for Cricket Australia to get anything right at the moment, it takes a little bit,” Chappell said on 2GB’s Wide World of Sports radio.
“To begin with, I have a problem … Why is Steve Smith considered a different punishment than David Warner? In fact, if anything, I think Steve Smith’s crime was bigger.
“That a captain says ‘I do not want to know’ when cheating is involved is not correct. A captain needs to know what he needs to find out and he needs to do something about it.
“Either Steve Smith has a two-year quarantine from the leadership, and so has David Warner, or Steve Smith has a lifelong quarantine and so has Dave Warner. The same thing.”
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Paine announced Friday that he would take indefinite leave to help his mental health.
The gickkeeper was captain of Australia in 23 of the 35 Tests he has played and stepped into the position to replace Smith following the ball-manipulation scandal at Newlands in March 2018.
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Former Test captain Mark Taylor told Wide World of Sports on Friday that Paine would probably not play another match for Australia.
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