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I Would’ve Tampered The Ball If My Seniors Asked: Australian Coach Justin Langer

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| May 11 , 2018 , 13:32 IST

Newly appointed Australian Cricket Team coach Justin Langer on Friday empathised with defamed ball-tampering player Cameron Bancroft by claiming he would’ve done the same if his seniors asked him to do it.

The 47-year-old former top-order batsman, who made his Test debut against West Indies in Adelaide in 1993, said the difference was that in his era the idea would never have been countenanced by captain Allan Border or coach Bob Simpson.

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“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,” Langer told an Australian TV Channel.

“He would’ve killed anyone who brought the game into disrepute. What I can’t believe is that Cameron Bancroft walked into the Australian cricket team and he was in a position where he made that decision,” he added.

Bancroft was banned from playing for Australia by Cricket Australia last month for his part in the infamous ball-tampering scandal that shocked the entire cricketing world.

The 25-year-old, who was playing in his eighth Test, was cast as the misled junior in the Cricket Australia report which followed and got off lightly compared to captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner, who were both banned for a year.