Faf du Plessis Feels David Warner’s Lifetime Captaincy Ban Should Be Lifted


Former South Africa National Cricket Team captain Faf du Plessis has said that the lifetime captaincy ban of the Australia National Cricket Team opener David Warner should be lifted.

In March 2018, during the third Test match of the series between Australia and South Africa at the Newlands in Cape Town, Australian player Cameron Bancroft was caught by television cameras trying to rough up one side of the ball with sandpaper.

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David Warner. (Photo: Twitter)

Then-captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were found to be involved in the ball-tampering scandal, famously known as the Sandpapergate scandal, and they received unprecedented sanctions from Cricket Australia (CA).

Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for 12 months each from international and domestic cricket while Cameron Bancroft was banned for 9 months. Also, both Smith and Warner were stripped of all leadership entitlements with Smith, who is currently Australia’s Test vice-captain, receiving a two-year leadership ban and Warner receiving a lifetime leadership ban.

Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis said that Warner has “served a very, very hard penalty” and now it’s time for him to lead the Australian team once again.

“I never throw stones – I point the finger back at myself probably harder than I do at anyone else, and I’m no glass house,” du Plessis told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald after the release of his autobiography, Through Fire.

“So I think Davey has certainly done his time, he’s served a very, very hard penalty that a lot of guys, myself included, doing things wrong as well, didn’t get even close to the penalty that Smith, Bancroft and Warner got.

“In terms of would he be able to be let back into do it? Yes. I’ve certainly seen him in the IPL being captain of one of the franchises there and having a successful campaign.”

I went through a very tough time – Faf du Plessis on his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal

Faf du Plessis. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
(Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Du Plessis further spoke about his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in the 2013 series against Pakistan in UAE. Notably, Faf Du Plessis was sanctioned for using the zipper on his trousers to try to scratch the ball.

“I went through a very tough time around what happened in Dubai against Pakistan to the point where I also had to say, ‘Listen, I will never touch a cricket ball again because it’s not something I want to go through again’,” he said.

“So there was a period where the ball came to me and I was like ‘no’ and I’d just get rid of it, because you’re so aware of that. If you make a mistake, I don’t judge anyone who goes through that.”

Faf du Plessis also highlighted how Team South Africa decided to “go to war” with Team Australia after the defeat in the Test match in Durban during the 2018 series. Notably, South Africa lost the Durban Test by 118 runs, but they made a strong comeback by winning the next three games by 6 wickets, 322 runs and 492 runs.

“After that Durban Test match, we went, ‘Right, these guys are very good with the reverse swinging ball, so we need to change the way we bat against it’,” he said.

“The first port of call was Mitch Starc coming around the wicket and hopping it so much, and we said, ‘We can’t face up to him in a normal way here, we’ve got to change how we face up, we’ve almost got to line up to where he starts his run-up, because the ball is reversing so much.’

“Our first thing wasn’t ‘are they doing something with the ball’, it was getting prepared for the next Test match. Then the second part was let’s see if we can follow the ball in the second Test match and see what was happening.

“I love the fact reverse swing played a role in the game to the extent that it did. If there’s a rough pitch to try to get the ball to bounce into, by all means, do it and try to get reverse swing.”

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis. Image Credits: Getty Images

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