Sport 'Utmost respect': Starc goes to great lengths to clear up Smith talk

16:10  09 june  2018
16:10  09 june  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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Difficult time: Mitchell Starc said events in South Africa had put a strain on his relationship with skipper Steve Smith . "Despite reports to the contrary, I continue to have the utmost respect for Steve Smith as captain, teammate and friend and I look forward to having him back in our great game soon.

Mitchell Starc has issued a statement to clarify comments he made at a business forum that were taken as critical of Steve Smith .

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Star paceman Mitchell Starc insists he still has the "utmost respect" for former captain Steve Smith despite the exiled player's comments implicating him in the ball tampering scandal.

The left-arm quick published a statement on his personal website on Saturday in response to reports quoting comments he made at a Women in Banking and Finance forum this week that were critical of Smith.

Referring to warnings made by corporate adviser Sue Cato of the dangers of ill-advised and ill-prepared press conferences, Starc told the forum Smith and Cameron Bancroft "didn't really think about" the implications of "not telling the whole truth".

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' Utmost respect ': Starc goes to great lengths to clear up Smith talk squib. by The Sydney Morning Herald 4 days ago. Mitchell Starc has issued a statement to clarify comments he made at a business forum that were taken as critical of Steve Smith .

More ESPN. Edition. Starc clarifies: 'Have utmost respect for Smith '. Mitchell Johnson has a chat with Mitchell Starc during a nets session at the WACA Getty Images. "That goes for David and Cameron who have also been through an extremely tough time.

Smith had said in a press conference during the Newlands Test that the leadership group, which included pace duo Starc and Josh Hazlewood, had been aware of the plot.

The pair were not found to have been involved by then Cricket Australia integrity chief Iain Roy. Smith, Bancroft and David Warner were later charged by CA and given lengthy bans.

Starc claimed that his comments had been taken out of context and said that he remained friends with the deposed captain, but he acknowledged relationships in the dressing room had been strained.

"My comments at the forum were provided in the context of a particular topic, as it related to being honest and authentic in delivering a message," Starc wrote.

"This context has unfortunately been lost in certain media reporting and headlines in recent days. But fundamentally there are many things that we can all learn from recent events in South Africa.

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Mitchell Starc insists he has the utmost respect for Steve Smith , claiming he'll readily play alongside any of Australia's banned trio and that comments at a "I look forward to having him back in our great game soon. "That goes for David and Cameron, who have also been through an extremely tough time.

"It was such a stressful time in our lives. There was strain on relationships both as individuals and as a team. However, the relationships of that group remain very much intact.

"I look forward to the opportunity to play alongside every one of my teammates from that tour again. We still have a long way to go in rebuilding the trust with the Australian public and I know personally, that I am 100 per cent committed to doing that.

"Despite reports to the contrary, I continue to have the utmost respect for Steve Smith as captain, teammate and friend and I look forward to having him back in our great game soon.

"That goes for David and Cameron who have also been through an extremely tough time. It is good to see all three guys planning to be back in cricket soon in different competitions around the world."

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' Utmost respect ': Starc goes to great lengths to clear up Star paceman Mitchell Starc insists he still has the " utmost respect " for former captain Steve Smith despite the exiled player's comments implicating him in the ball tampering scandal.

Mitchell Starc insists he has the utmost respect for Steve Smith , claiming he'll readily play alongside any of Australia's banned trio and that comments at a "I look forward to having him back in our great game soon. "That goes for David and Cameron, who have also been through an extremely tough time.

The events in South Africa have had widespread ramifications for Australian cricket and its reputation at home and abroad. Further to the players' suspensions, Darren Lehmann stepped down as coach, replaced by Justin Langer, and Tim Paine has taken over the captaincy.

CA has launched twin reviews into the culture of the men's team and its own organisation.

Chief executive James Sutherland announced his resignation this week but said his decision was not related to ball tampering.

Australia is in England for five one-day internationals, its first matches since the tour of South Africa.

"Rebuilding trust and developing a positive reputation will take time and through our actions, we hope to demonstrate this to cricket fans everywhere," Starc wrote.

"The process has already started and the focus now should be on the cricket being played and the stories of performance and change in the current series, led by new Aussie coach Justin Langer, captain Tim Paine and the current team over in the UK.

"To all stakeholders and fans out there, please stick with us. Trust me when I say we all love the game as much as you do!"

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