David Warner's leadership bid ended with a bang to put the Test team under scrutiny once again

Courtney Walsh

The latest outburst makes it clear that the fault lines stemming from the sandpaper scandal remain in Australian cricket

In a famous year of discontent, Cricket Australia found itself reeling back on a night normally celebrated on the annual calendar, after the little box of sandpaper that caused such controversy in South Africa in 2018 continues to tear souls to shreds. Australian cricket.

Unprecedented embarrassment at the time, outrage exploded again the day before the Adelaide Test thanks to David Warner's extraordinary public complaint over his treatment. In an escalating scandal, hours before the second Test against the West Indies started, batsman Candice's wife accused CA of putting their family "through hell".

“We have been living with this pain, through this pain since 2018,” he told Sydney radio station Triple M. “And it got to a point where enough is enough. Dave's statement is powerful and it should be. We've been through hell. To put our family and his team-mates through it all again and it's disappointing for David that this has dragged on for so long."

His interpretation follows Warner's decision to withdraw on Wednesday from an independent review into whether CA should lift his life captaincy ban. The process began informally in February but only became official when he submitted an application to review the decision, including character references from Greg Chappell and current Australian captain Pat Cummins, in late November.

But disagreements over how an independent review should be carried out have sparked a significant crisis in a year in which CA has jumped from one controversy to another.

From the messy ending to Justin Langer's tenure as coach to the protracted saga involving the value of his broadcast deal with network Seven, from the botched defense at the T20 World Cup to the incredible crowd at last week's Perth Test, there have been challenges repeated. .

It is said that the successful paper overcame the gaps in all teams. While the national team's form in the traditional format has been strong, the latest boom makes clear the fault lines of Australian cricket originating from the Newlands Test remain full.

In the Test where Steve Smith, convicted as co-offender with Warner at Newlands, returned to captain as a replacement for Pat Cummins, the spotlight was again on the Australian team.

Both Warner and his wife said his decision to step down was partly due to a desire to protect his teammates from further cross-examination. But after making his anger clear publicly, Warner will fight and play with teammates who have repeatedly made clear their dismay at being linked to the scandal.

Just 18 months ago the Australian bowling attack of Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon issued a statement to the "Australian public" stating that they knew nothing about the use of sandpaper until they saw the image on the big screen at Newlands.

Stating that they were "proud of their honesty", they said they were disappointed their integrity was being questioned and "felt they had to record key facts again". Tasked with defeating the West Indies twice over the next five days, and then backing South Africa for three Tests in a short space of time, they must have been feeling let down again.

Regardless of who is at fault for triggering the latest outburst, team Australia's body language will be scrutinized over the coming days at the Adelaide Oval.

The Warners and CA expressed their dismay in contrasting ways Wednesday night about the independent panel's desire for the trial to be made public. Warner expressed uncontrollable anger at what he said was a determination to bounce back from a disaster still simmering in South Africa. The CA, too, made it clear that every trial would be held behind closed doors, as national bodies usually do.

But CA and Warners aren't the only parties with reputations to consider. CA's integrity department – led by Jacqui Partridge – and the panel of Alan Sullivan, Robert Heath, Jane Seawright, Leon Zwier and Adrian Anderson are professionals who have built a reputation for themselves.

Hearings that silence the public, even those investigating corrupt or fraudulent behavior, are a common occurrence. But to borrow the word "purge" from Warner's angry account of how the trial has unfolded, the spotlight on public scrutiny enhances integrity, something an independent panel will look at.

It would be dishonest to suggest the panel not consider the Newlands Test as the basis for a character test if the purpose of the review is to test the genuineness of Warner's regrets and improvements in his behavior.

It's clear those who pushed Warner and brought out the character references believed the opener had established solid footing. He may have proved an excellent captain. But no panel worth its salt will issue a rubber stamp without a thorough inspection.  This article was written by EDUKASI CAMPUS. 

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