David Saker, Australia’s bowling coach at the time of the Newlands ball-tampering scandal, has said it was a “monumental mistake” that could have been prevented.
The review of Australia’s win-at-all-cost team culture after the incident led to varying punishments for then captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and the man who had the sandpaper in his possession at that time, pacer Cameron Bancroft. But Saker felt it was a collective failure.
Finger-pointing to continue
“Obviously a lot of things went wrong at that time. The finger-pointing is going to go on and on and on. There were a lot of people to blame. It could have been me to blame, it could have been someone else. It could have been stopped and it wasn’t, which is unfortunate,” Saker told the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.