Ashes triumph will help Australia Team put the ball-tampering scandal behind them, Says Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath feels that a magnificent Ashes triumph in Old Blighty after 18 summers is exactly what Australian cricket needed to finally exorcised the ghosts of South Africa’s ball-tampering scandal.
Steve Smith’s brilliance became one of the best redemption stories in the game’s history after being christened a national villain alongside David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for manipulating the ball during a tour of South Africa. Steve Smith has so far smashed 617 runs in fourth Ashes in the five-match series.
“Retaining the ashes Series 2019 in England for the first time since 2001 is very important after the last 18 months for Australian cricket. Now they can put what happened in South Africa with the ball manipulation scandal well and really behind them,” McGrath wrote in his column for BBC Sports.
Self-confidence is back, and the Australian public is probably ready to forgive them, McGrath said. “They’ve been scratching their way back. They have been receiving support from the Australian people again, as well as regaining that self-confidence and starting to play well as a unit once again.
“Coming to England and retaining the ashes with a test to spare is the final part of that process. Australia can now only focus on the future. The past is the past,” McGrath wrote.
Glenn McGrath said winning the ashes remains the pinnacle of success for Australian cricketers.
“Winning here remains the ultimate for any cricketer in Australia because England is always hard to beat on their terms. This is what Australia focused on this summer and achieving it will be extraordinary for this team,” said the second most wicket-taker player.
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