Banned Aussie trio not in­vited

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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.

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