"For that reason, I don’t think the punishment is fitting the crime." The Cricket Australia investigation into last Saturday's incident said Warner had instigated the cheating by instructing Bancroft on how to use sandpaper to scuff up one side of the ball in the attempt to help generate reverse swing. Warne said he thought a one-match ban, big fines and the loss of leadership positions would have sufficed as punishment and added that he felt huge sympathy for the players involved.
Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne questions whether player punishments fit their ball-tampering crime. https://t.co/FMZ53SeBvZ— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 28, 2018
He had learned through his own off field indiscretions, though, that while the Australian public could be "be harsh and judgmental", there was a way back for all three. "It's Australian to play it hard, and tough. But not win at all costs. And never cheat. Cheating is un-Australian," he said. "We hold our sportsmen and women in such high regard, that’s why this hurts so much. "But they can come back from this, and they will."
“There are those countries that don’t like Australia, and there has been a build-up of hate which has exploded and created this tornado of hysteria.” - Shane Warne. https://t.co/DihwWKysDr— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) March 28, 2018