Lehmann responds: Cam Bancroft “should have” approached coaching staff before ball-tampering incident
Former Australian head coach Darren Lehmann has expressed sympathy with the cricketing public following Cam Bancroft’s TV interview.
The 26-year-old was banned for nine months as part of his role in the ball-tampering saga and ahead of his suspension concluding on December 29, he spoke to Fox Cricket about the fallout and his mindset in the preceding months.
Lehmann told Macquarie Sports Radio’s Summer of Cricket he was sympathetic to public’s vitriol following the incident.
“You’re sitting up there in the dressing rooms seeing what’s happening and your heart sinks,” he said.
“For me, I think we need to move on and understand it happened and it was a really bad time in Australia cricket.
He said former captain Steve Smith should have had “more control” over the situation.
“It was a severe mistake and a lot of people have suffered one way or another,” he said.
“Steve decided to turn a blind eye – I still can’t understand the pressures of captaining your country, it’s quite high you would think.”
Click PLAY to hear Lehmann speak during the tea break on Boxing Day