I would have cheated too if asked to, says Langer

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - SPORT -

NEW Aus­tralia cricket coach Justin Langer un­der­stands how Cameron Ban­croft be­came em­broiled in the ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal and said he would have cheated too if in­structed to by se­nior play­ers when he first played test cricket.

The 47-year-old for­mer top or­der bats­man, who made his test de­but against West Indies in Ade­laide in 1993, said the dif­fer­ence was that in his era the idea would never have been coun­te­nanced by cap­tain Al­lan Bor­der or coach Bob Simp­son.

“If Al­lan Bor­der had asked me to tam­per with the ball I would’ve,” Langer said.

“I would’ve be­cause I would be too scared not to. The dif­fer­ence is Al­lan Bor­der would never have asked me and Bobby Simp­son would’ve killed me. “He would’ve killed any­one who brought the game into dis­re­pute. What I can’t be­lieve is that Cameron Ban­croft walked into the Aus­tralian cricket team and he was in a po­si­tion where he made that de­ci­sion.”

Ban­croft was handed a nine-month ban from in­ter­na­tional and state cricket for his part in the scan­dal which erupted in the third test in South Africa in March. – Reuters

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