Steve Smith was clearly heartbroken in his press conference.
Steve Smith was clearly heartbroken in his press conference.

OUR SAY: A bit of perspective wouldn't go astray in scandal

A WEEK after I lambasted the Australian captain over the ball tampering incident in South Africa, I've changed my tune.  

Sure I still disagree with what happened on the third day of the third Test.

I still think there had to be penalties handed out to those involved.  

But I think that the past week has shown a disappointing amount of hysteria when there should have been common sense and good judgment.  

For a start, Cricket Australia's decision to rub the three players out of the side for a lengthy period was unnecessary.  

I don't think Steve Smith or Dave Warner are fit to be leaders of the team because of their actions and that should have been addressed.  

But we've seen many instances of ball tampering in recent years and none have evoked such a massive penalty.  

The International Cricket Council had already handed out punishments and in my view that was enough.  

I'm hoping each player will lodge an appeal.   

A year out of the game for Warner and Smith and nine months for Cameron Bancroft is beyond unreasonable when you consider the ICC's penalty was much more lenient for all involved.  

The cavalier attitude Smith displayed at the press conference when he confirmed the ball tampering has been replaced with real contrition.   

It's time we all showed some forgiveness and a sense of perspective on the matter.  



Location is the key to a successful bypass lookout

Location is the key to a successful bypass lookout

What's got the Coffs Coast talking?

The coast's largest solar project unveiled

The coast's largest solar project unveiled

It comprises more than 1600 solar panels enough to power 116 homes

Police discover loaded rifle, bomb in car

Police discover loaded rifle, bomb in car

Bomb squad called in to defuse bomb in car at Urunga.

Local Partners