Australia's cricketers 'lost their soul,' when they cheated, a respected cricket coach has said.
Pictured: Former captain Steve Smith
Australia's disgraced cricketers 'lost their soul' when they decided to cheat, a respected cricket coach has said.
Trent Woodhill, who has worked with both Steve Smith and David Warner, said the pair put victory above everything else.
'They lost their soul.
Winning became the only thing. Winning became more important than integrity.'
Woodhill, an Australian who is now a fielding coach with Indian side Royal Challengers Bangalore, made the remarks in a [ ] article on why the players decided to cheat.
It includes claims by Australian commentator Jim Maxwell that the scandal against South Africa in Cape Town in March was not the first time Australian players had used sandpaper to tamper with the ball to gain an advantage.
'As I understand it, this was the third time they'd tried this little trick of sandpapering one side of the ball,' he said.
The pundit did not say Smith had personally tampered with the ball but added: soulofcricketer.blogspot.com 'If Smith didn't know, I'll be most surprised.'
Trent Woodhill, who has worked with both Steve Smith (right with his fiancee) and David Warner (left with Smith on the pitch), said the pair put victory above everything else
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Maxwell did not specify when the alleged cheating took place.
Featuring comments from several cricket pundits and commentators, the article suggests the players cheated because they were desperate to win and their disconnect from the real world blinded them to the consequences.
'Professional sportsmen, they live in a bubble,' said Tony Lewis, former Cricket NSW manager who is now chief executive of Tasman Rugby Union in New Zealand.
'Sometimes that bubble bursts.
And when it does, it's horrible.'
Coach Trent Woodhill (left) said the players 'lost their soul'.
Australian commentator Jim Maxwell (right) said that the cheating against South Africa in Cape Town in March was not the first time Australian players had used sandpaper to tamper with the ball
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