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Smith, Warner got away with murder: Ambrose

April 11, 2019 15:07 IST

Former Australian captain Steve Smith received a year's ban for orchestrating the ball-tampering scandal during the Test series against South Africa last March

IMAGE: Former Australian captain Steve Smith received a year's ban for orchestrating the ball-tampering scandal during the Test series against South Africa last March. Photograph: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images

The Australian duo of Steve Smith and David Warner "got away with murder" and should have been banned for two years for their roles in the ball-tempering scandal, feels West Indies pace legend Curtly Ambrose.

 

Former captain Smith and his deputy Warner were handed a one-year ban by Cricket Australia for their role in trying to rough up one side of the ball with sandpaper  during the third Test against South Africa at Cape Town in March last year.

The duo are currently playing in the Indian Premier League after their bans ended on March 29.

Smith and Warner are trying to get their place back in the Australian squad for this year's World Cup and Ashes tour.

"When you break the law like that you should be punished," Ambrose, only one of the 15 bowlers in history to record more than 400 Test wickets, told Fox Sports.

"I honestly thought they got away with murder. A year was a little bit (lenient). I would have said two years just to send a message because it was stupid really."

The 55-year-old from Antigua, however, hoped that the duo can make it to the Australian team for the World Cup.

"I believe they will never do it again," he said.

"I just hope that all of Australia supports them and I hope that they go to the World Cup because they'll make the team stronger."

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