The New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson on Thursday defended his Sunrisers teammate by saying that the Australian at heart is not a bad guy.
New Zealand will play their second test against England at Christchurch starting on Friday. The build-up was overshadowed by international reaction of cheating affairs by the Aussies in South Africa. Williamson said he has been in touch with Warner.
“It’s a shame. The act is not condoned in any team,” Williamson said after Warner was found the chief conspirator of the ball tampering scandal.
“It will blow over in time, but it’s grown and, like I say, he’s not a bad guy. He’s made a mistake and certainly admitted that they are disappointed with the action.”
After an investigation conducted by Cricket Australia, CEO James Sutherland announced one year ban to both Warner and Smith. Smith will not be allowed for the leadership role for two years while Warner is permanently banned from leading Australia. Cameron Bancroft who executed the scandal was suspended from playing cricket for 9 months. However, these players can play club cricket
Warner described the punishment as ‘strong’ but defended Warner as a person.
“He’s not a bad person by any means. They have made a mistake, they have certainly admitted that they are disappointed with that action so they will have to take that punishment, strong punishment that it is,” said Williamson.
“But it’s a shame that two fantastic world-class players made a mistake.”
Australia coach Lehmann admitted that his side needs to change and held Zealand as an example of how to play and lead a side.
“We take pride in our performance, it is the way we go about things and we want to continue to do that,” said Williamson.
He praised the former captain, Brendan McCullum by saying that he was huge in setting an environment where we wanted to play the game in a certain way and it is reflected in the way we went about our business in terms of on-field as well but the work went into the off-field stuff and I suppose that’s really important.