Alastair Cook reveals David Warner unknown confession
Former England captain Alastair Cook told that Current Australian opening batsmen David Warner used the straps on his hand to accelerate the deterioration of the ball during a first-class match.
Warner received a suspension from international cricket for being part of the group that altered the ball with sandpaper during a test match against South Africa in March 2018.
“David Warner, a couple of beers at his celebration, mentioned that he used substances attached to the straps of his hand to accelerate the deterioration of the ball during a first-class match. I looked at Steve Smith, who cast a look that said, “Ooh, you shouldn’t have said that” said “The Guardian,” said Cook, England’s top runs scorer.
“Stuart Broad sums it up pretty well and says they got the ball to reverse the swing in those ashes. Why change what you’ve been doing? Why do you suddenly use sandpaper? People know what was going on. However, it was the best thing for Australian cricket because they realized it wasn’t acceptable. The culture of winning at all costs that they created is not what the Australian public needed or wanted. They had gone too far,” Cook added.
Cook, now 34 and knighted by the government, does not include Sachin Tendulkar on his list of the three greatest hitters of all time and considers Smith, who has been in great form in this Ash series, as a “strange” but “ext” hitter “ordinary”.
“He (Smith) doesn’t seem to be one of the best… however, it’s operating on a different level. I’ve always had Lara, Ponting and Kallis as the three best hitters I’ve ever seen. Smith (30) is younger than me, but what he’s accomplishing is phenomenal. He’s redefining what’s possible as a hitter.
“He is a monster in terms of his ability to play the type of unorthodox, four-legged shot … his God-given talent, apart from his work ethic and hand-eye coordination is extraordinary.” Hit the ball much less than any other player, except Sir Don Bradman. Smith doesn’t lose a ball on his pads.”
Cook took retirement from the game’s most extended format Test Cricket after India’s tour of England in 2018.