England’s Australian trainer Trevor Bayliss admits he’s embarrassed by the ball-tampering disgrace which has engulfed his compatriots on their Test excursion of South Africa.
Bayliss, who oversaw England’s Four-Zero defeat in his local nation this iciness, has echoed the insistence of captain Joe Root and senior seamer Stuart Broad that the Ashes vacationers had no reason why to suspect any sharp follow from their hosts.
But as a former mentor of Steve Smith’s when the Australia captain was once a tender New South Wales all-rounder, he has been surprised by occasions in Cape Town this week.
Smith has already been banned by the International Cricket Council for the general Test in Johannesburg and fined his fit charge for the 3rd fit of 4 at Newlands after he and batsman Cameron Bancroft confessed to a plot to vary the situation of the ball by the use of tape hid within the latter’s pocket all over South Africa’s 2d innings.
“I’m obviously disappointed – and as an Australian I’m embarrassed,” mentioned Bayliss. “Steve is a lovely young bloke who has made a terrible mistake, and I’m sure Cricket Australia (CA) will work out the course of action required.”
CA is anticipated to make a statement over the following 24 hours about additional punishment for Smith and his deputy David Warner, having already stood each down from their roles quickly, whilst Australia trainer Darren Lehmann is reportedly set to surrender.
Bayliss, talking after England’s innings defeat of their first Test in opposition to New Zealand in Auckland, added: “They obviously will be punished, but I’ve no idea how severe … we’ll have to see what Cricket Australia come up with.”
Asked if England had any suspicions about Australian ball-tampering all over the Ashes, then again, he mentioned: “No. I thought we were outplayed by a much better team. I’ve got no complaints.”