David Warner's manager James Erskine lashed out at Cricket Australia (CA) on Monday, saying the ball-tampering investigation was a "joke" and the three players - Warner, Steven Smith, and Cameron Bancroft - who were punished for the same were treated in a "despicable" manner.
While Bancroft was handed a nine-month suspension by CA for executing the ball-tampering during the Cape Town Test in March 2018, Smith and Warner being the leaders of the side were slapped with a year's ban. It was revealed later that while then-captain Smith had not done anything to stop the infamous tactic from being employed, his deputy Warner had instructed Bancroft to tamper the ball.
In an interview with Sydney Morning Herard, Erskine said that the Australian cricket board did not interview all the players after Bancroft was caught on the big screen tampering with the ball in South Africa. "The report that was done, they didn't interview all the players. The whole thing was so badly handled, it was a joke.
But eventually, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, will come out and I know the whole truth. But it doesn't serve any purpose because the Australian public over a period of time got to dislike the Australian team because they didn't behave particularly well.
There is absolutely no doubt that Smith, Warner and Bancroft were treated despicably. The fact of the matter is they did the wrong thing but the punishment didn't fit the crime.
I think if one or two of those players had taken legal action they would have won because of what the truth was," Erskine told the Sydney Morning Herald. After Bancroft recently admitted that the bowlers were also aware of the ball-tampering, former Australian skipper Michael Clarke said that it was not surprising.