The Australian has exclusively revealed Starc’s frustration at the rushed press conference held by Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft after cameras had revealed Bancroft was using sandpaper to tamper with the ball during the third Test in South Africa.
A Cricket Australia investigation held Smith, Bancroft and vice-captain David Warner responsible for the ploy and the Australian bowling unit has firmly denied any knowledge of what was happening.
According to The Australian, Starc confirmed the fractures in the team caused by the press conference while speaking at a Women in Banking and Finance forum in Sydney where corporate adviser Sue Cato warned of the pitfalls awaiting those who didn’t fully plan ahead of press conferences.
“Going back to what Sue said before about being upfront and tackling a problem head on, that’s something the group who decided to go into a press conference didn’t really think about,” Starc said.
“They obviously didn’t see how big the reaction was going to be at that time and then went down the path of not telling the whole truth and then I guess involving another group, which ruined — well, not ruined — but affected other reputations.”
CA had recently appointed a new head of communications, Tim Whittaker, when the Newlands Test took place. They have subsequently hired a new team media manager, Jeremy Arnold, who was formerly at the AFL club Essendon during its lengthy drugs scandal.