Katich lauds Aussie trio's decision to not appeal ban

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 Former Australian opener Simon Katich lauds the Aussie trio’s decision to accept the banning imposed on them over the ball tampering issue. He is also very confident that Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are "good young lads" and they will come back strongly in the international cricket.
"All three players haven't appealed the ban. They have taken it on their chin and Cricket Australia sent a strong message that they will not condone that sort of behavior. It's to the player's credit that they have accepted the ban," said Katich, who is here as Kolkata Knight Riders' batting coach.

"Hopefully in a year's time, or nine months for Bancroft, we will see all of them back and playing for Australia at some stage. They are all good young lads, unfortunately, they made a bad mistake and everyone does that in life at times. I hope they will come back bigger and better players," the 42-year old added.

On Thursday, Warner joined Smith and Bancroft in accepting Cricket Australia's ban on them after accepting that they tampered with the ball on the third day of the third Test against South Africa.

Both Smith and Bancroft announced they'd accepted their fate on Wednesday, opting not to challenge the respective 12 and nine-month suspensions handed down by CA last week.

Besides the 12-month ban, Warner has also been banned from holding any leadership role within the national team for the remainder of his playing career.

Asked if any such incident happened during his time donning the Baggy Green, Katich said, "No cos no one got caught taking sandpaper and fielding. It's something we never did."

Katich has played 56 Tests, 45 One Dayers and three T20Is for Australia scoring over 4,000 runs in red-ball cricket.


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