Smith and Warner have been banned for 12 months. Bancroft has been banned for 9 months.
One winner is Tim Paine. He was relegated to club cricket and was starting work as a sales rep for Kookaburra in Melbourne. Greg Chappell and Ricky Ponting pleaded with him not to retire. Fast forward and within a few months he is Australia's Test captain!
Former Tasmanian cricket coach, Dan Marsh, and the rest of the state selectors, have egg on their faces. They relegated Paine was deemed to be behind Jake Doran and Ben McDermott as Tasmania's incumbent wicketkeeper, because it was argued they had the potential to score more runs. What was overlooked was Paine is the best gloveman in Australia.
The big loser is Dave Warner. Some of his Aussie teammates have said he is a divisive figure and never want to play on the same cricket field with him again.
Ed Cowan, former Test, Tasmanian and NSW batter, spoke about it on TV last night. He was astonished at what a positive dressing room culture Tasmania had compared to NSW. In the last few years Bailey (limited overs and Test commitments) and Paine, were not involved in the Tassie leadership team. They were missed and Tasmania flopped.
I'm astonished Lehmann has been retained as coach. Ed Cowan suggested which ever way, Lehmann should be sacked. If he he knew about it, or if he didn't. According to Cowan if he knew, he is corrupt, unprincipled and a cheat. If he didn't know, for senior players to pursue the course of action they did without his knowledge, is untenable.