Banned Aussie trio not invited
instead of stopping it, continued to walk by the pair in the dressing room during the lunch break on day three.
Smith and Warner each failed with the bat in that test, the former making 5 and 7 and the latter 30 and 32, meaning they are unlikely to be awarded votes on the 3-2-1 basis.
However, eyebrows are likely to be raised should Bancroft poll. There is every chance that will be the case for he top scored in the first innings, supplying his team’s only half century (77) in a total of 255, while he was only behind Warner in scoring 26 in a second innings debacle where the visitors were fired out for 107.
Fast bowler Pat Cummins, with seven wickets for the match, is also likely to feature in the votes, while Nathan Lyon, with five wickets and a fighting 47 in the first innings, will also have support.
The Border Medal process features a 3-2-1 vote from the players, while the 3-2-1 of the match referee and a selected journalist are combined in a collective 3-2-1 vote. The votes are cast immediately after a match.
The match referee during the tumultuous third test was Andy Pycroft, who handed Smith a onematch ban and stripped Bancroft of three demerit points for their roles in the tampering. The subsequent major suspensions came after a CA investigation led by former integrity chief Iain Roy.
Next month’s awards night shapes as a sombre affair, in contrast to last year’s buoyant mood after Smith had been labelled the country’s best batsman since Sir Donald Bradman while helping to reclaim the Ashes.
Lyon, with 49 test wickets at 34.02 last year, and Cummins, with 44 test wickets at 19.97, are favourites to claim the Border medal but strong performances in the two-test series against Sri Lanka, beginning this month, could determine who nudges ahead.
Lyon also has the potential to claim votes in three-match oneday series against India, although test votes carry a greater weighting.
There will be some joy, however, at the count, for the women’s Twenty20 side will be celebrated for claiming last year’s World Cup in the Caribbean.