What would eventually lead to the resignation of Coach Darren Lehmann was an unexpected turn of support wave or Steve Smith after he broke in tears at his press conference ,essentially crying out to the Australian population for forgiveness.
A wave of sympathy for the disgraced skipper gathered pace on Friday after his heart-wrenching apology and as opposition grew to the severity of bans handed out in a ball-tampering scandal.
In a week that even witnessed dip in sales for his biography-it was certainly a moment most sought after for fans and players alike as many of the big names of the international cricket fraternity were echoing the same sentiment of their suspension being too large a punishment with regards to the fact that these have been players with a a spotless record till now.
“Dear Australia, that’s enough now,” ran a headline in British newspaper The Times. “This was ball-tampering, not murder.”
Both Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for 12 months and Cameron Bancroft for nine months for ball-tampering during the third Test in Cape Town.