Sport Justin Langer: 'If Allan Border had asked me to tamper with the ball I would've'

07:45  10 may  2018
07:45  10 may  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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New Australian coach Justin Langer has revealed that if he was put into the same scenario as Cameron Bancroft back in South Africa during the ball - tampering fiasco, he probably would have The difference is Allan Border would never have asked me and Bobby Simpson would ' ve killed me !

" If Allan Border had asked me to tamper with the ball I would ' ve ," Langer said. SYDNEY: New Australia 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

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New Australian coach Justin Langer has revealed that if he was put into the same scenario as Cameron Bancroft back in South Africa during the ball-tampering fiasco, he probably would have done the same thing.

Bancroft was shown to be putting something down his pants during Australia's third Test in Cape Town, and it was later found to be yellow sandpaper that he used to alter the conditions of the ball.

He, skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were found guilty of ball-tampering and sanctioned accordingly by both the ICC and Cricket Australia.

Smith and Warner copped 12-month bans, while Bancroft, in just his seventh Test match and looking to please all of his senior members around him at the time, copped nine months.

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Sydney: New Australia coach Justin Langer understands how Cameron Bancroft became embroiled in the ball - tampering scandal and said he “ If Allan Border had asked me to tamper with the ball I would ’ ve ,” Langer told Australia’s Channel Nine. “ I would ’ ve because I would be too scared not to.

New Australia coach Justin Langer understands how Cameron Bancroft became embroiled in the ball - tampering scandal and said he would “ If Allan Border had asked me to tamper with the ball I would ’ ve ,” Langer told Australia’s Channel Nine. “ I would ’ ve because I would be too scared not to.

Langer, who replaced Darren Lehmann as coach of the national side following the latter's' resignation in the aftermath of the controversy, had sympathy for the youngster.

The new man at the helm walked into an Australian dressing room for the first time in January 1993.

The cricket legends that he saw before him inspired, but also frightened him.

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New Australia coach Justin Langer said he would have done what Cameron Bancroft did, if asked by his seniors. " If Allan Border had asked me to tamper with the ball I would ' ve ," Langer was quoted saying to Australia's Channel Nine.

' If Allan Border had asked me to tamper with the ball I would ' ve '. IMAGE: Justin Langer speaks to the media. Photograph: Luis Ascui/Reuters. New Australia coach Justin Langer understands how Cameron Bancroft became embroiled in the ball - tampering scandal and said he would have cheated

“I walked into this changeroom – this Australian cricket changeroom with Allan Border, Steve Waugh, David Boon and Ian Healy and Bobby Simpson leading it,” Langer told Channel Nine.

"If Allan Border had asked me to tamper with the ball I would've. 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 bought the game into disrepute. You couldn’t help but become a better person and a better cricketer – because mate, that was a serious changeroom!”

Langer has previously said he is keen to welcome back the banned trio if they meet the standards of a new team.

“One of the key values for me is learning from the past. We’ll learn from what’s happened. Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith, besides Mike Hussey, love the game of cricket more than anyone I know, they are cricket tragics and great kids. That’s why I was so surprised they made the mistake they did. We’ve all made mistakes, we can all get better at things," Langer said.

“David Warner is the same, he’s a really good young bloke. He made a mistake. I love the way he plays his cricket. The way he runs between the wickets, the way he fields, the way he bats, they’re things that the less trained eye might not respect that as much, but I love the way he plays his cricket. Has he got areas to get better at? Yep. Has Steve Smith? Yep. Has Cameron Bancroft? Yep. Have everyone single person in Australian cricket? Yep.

“If we can keep mentoring them and helping them, and they want to keep getting better and meet the standards of the Australian cricket team, then, of course, they’ll be welcome back.

“We’ve got plenty of talent, but you’ve got to have depth. This next 11 months or so, it gives a couple of guys the opportunity to make us stronger."

Cartwright backing Langer to be a success .
Hilton Cartwright says Australia's players will flourish under the coaching of his former WA coach Justin Langer, but warned them not to get on his bad side. Langer will oversee his first tour since replacing Darren Lehmann next month for a five-match one-day series against England. The 47-year-old, who played in 105 Tests, is tasked not only with improving results away from home but restoring the team's tattered international reputation following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

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