Warnie’s on the right track

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Saturday Extra -

Well done Shane Warne for try­ing to help save Aus­tralian cricket, be­cause that’s ex­actly what it needs (“Bold Warnie”, 9/11).

The in­di­vid­u­als who handed out the 12-month bans to Smith, Warner and Ban­croft over­re­acted. They bowed to pub­lic out­rage, much of it from peo­ple who have prob­a­bly never even played cricket.

Ball tam­per­ing is a very grey area. No one will agree with the use of sand­pa­per, but “man­i­cur­ing” has been go­ing on for 100 years.

As for sledg­ing, this has also been go­ing on in most sports for ages. As long as it’s not per­sonal or racist it’s called ban­ter and is just a part of the game.

Other crick­et­ing na­tions may sym­pa­thise a bit, but I bet they are lov­ing it. Mean­while, the Aussie crick­eters are run­ning scared, afraid to touch the ball or say a word.

Can we just get some san­ity here please? David Young, Hamil­ton South

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