Mate his job should be on the line, Sutherlands first call should of been to Smith full stop and then the coaches.'Timezone differences'
It's called a telephone dickhead, get Smith out of bed if you have to.
Highly doubtful when they fine people for ball tampering in a Shield Final.
It really isn't the same.
It's test cricket for one. Representing your country.
We have admitted it was sanctioned by the leadership group. So Australia are cheaters, not Smith, not Bancroft. All of them.
And our inaction today suggests there is more to the story. Sutherland must be concerned about Lehmann's involvement.
The ICC will fine. We need to take the next step.
He had 8 hours to talk to Smith,Warner,Bancroft and the coach. Instead he was probably wandering around that park like a dishevelled homeless person and they finally found him and organised that press conference.Better still, Sutherland should have been up dealing with it immediately after the conference.
Surely he should of said he will be finishing this test and then he will be stood down from the next test with Bancroft. Once they get all the facts the whole leadership group might be stood down.I suppose, from a logical perspective he couldn't really sack anyone right now. Basic investigative technique is to get everyone alone, and get their stories separately.
But would not be surprised if this ends with Smith done as captain, Warner done as vice-captain, Lehmann done as coach and the whole leadership group missing the fourth test.
As those journos on the footy show just said, one of the biggest issues about this is how unphased Smith seemed by the whole thing. It was like 'yeah I got caught cheating, oh well'.
This is 100% the increasing influence of Lehmann being a dickhead and his win at all costs attitude. All you have to do is read what Ed Cowan has to say about his final tour, Lehmann's first as coach. He's the kind of toxic dickhead that was always going to lead to a side like this.