Steve Smith critical of David Warner’s lifetime leadership ban with Cricket Australia

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Steve Smith critical of David Warner’s lifetime leadership ban with Cricket Australia

Steve Smith says David Warner’s lifetime leadership ban is “fundamentally wrong”, conceding the ongoing saga has been a distraction for the Australian opener.

Warner’s withdrawn bid to have his suspension lifted threatened to turn the Adelaide Test into a sideshow before Australia wrapped up a 419-run win over West Indies on Sunday.

He has now given up any chance of one day returning to a captaincy position, after furiously taking back his application for the ban to be reviewed after an independent panel pushed for a public hearing.

Warner and Smith both received one-year suspensions following the 2018 ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town.

Smith was also handed an additional 12-month ban from any leadership position.

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