Town - Former Australian coach Darren
Lehmann says the banned trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are
"bloody good humans".
It has been over a month since
Australian cricket hit rock bottom as an elaborate ball tampering plot was
exposed during the third Test against South Africa at Newlands.
In the aftermath, Smith and
Warner were banned from playing international or domestic cricket for Australia
for a year while Bancroft copped nine months.
The incident also forced Lehmann
to step down as coach - he has since been replaced by Justin Langer - and the
backlash from the Australian public was brutal.
Now, having had some time to
reflect, Lehmann has opened up in an interview with Radio FIVEaa.
The 48-year-old, who maintains he
knew nothing of the plan to tamper with the ball, hopes that the banned three
will be forgiven for their actions.
"They are all good young
men, I feel for the three players especially. I worry about them day-in,
day-out," Lehmann said in the interview, as quoted by Cricinfo.
"I hope they come back and
play for Australia because they're fantastic young men and they've paid the
forgives them. I'm sure they will. They're bloody good human beings and I love
them dearly. I speak to them quite a lot. It's a case of keeping in contact
because I worry about them. They're going okay."