Australian Moises Henriques has heavily defended his teammate David Warner after he received a one-year ban from the sport for his role in the ball tampering scandal, according to the Metro.
It now seems that Warner, who has over 10,000 runs for his country won’t play for his country again following his ban.
The incident happened in Cape Town last month during the Test series with South Africa when Cameron Bancroft was found to have used sandpaper to help change the direction of the ball.
Warner and former Australia captain Steve Smith were banned for a year while Bancroft was given a 9-month suspension.
Warner has not had anything like the sympathy which Bancroft and Smith have had following the event, making it difficult to see him playing for his nation ever again.
The former opening batsman has always been a controversial figure in the game, causing a load of different stirs with a number of players throughout his career.
Henriques has backed his New South Wales teammate Warner. He said:
Dave Warner was the player’s most vocal voice during MOU (memorandum of understanding) negotiations, copping it from many. Now, ‘caught ball tampering’ trying to selflessly advantage the fast bowling unit – not for his own stats or personal gain.
Rightly punished… but he’s a team man. At the end of the day, it’s not my place to pass judgements. They’ve been punished and judged enough. However I felt as a mate the least I could do is bring to light a slightly more empathetic perspective to their situation. Of course there is bias and I don’t apologise for it.