All-rounder Glenn Maxwell said that the Australian set-up was disappointed at the manner in which the tainted ball-tampering trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft was treated after the ball-tampering issue blew up during the Cape Town Test versus South Africa.
“I think the way they saw it, it was obviously beaten up a fair bit and they’ve seen a couple of their mates treated like criminals,” he told Melbourne’s Radio SEN . “That is a hard thing for you to watch as a teammate, and to what they went through, especially Steve Smith at the airport, that was a hard thing for everyone to watch.
“To then try and get yourself ready for a game of cricket a day later was extremely difficult, and I certainly didn’t envy their position at all. It was an extremely tough time for that whole playing group,” he said.
“I had thoughts of what it could be like, and I hoped I could’ve provided something different for the group when I got over there, whether it be energy or just a happy face around the group to try and cheer them up,” he said.