Mitchell Starc, who was misunderstood during an event earlier this week, has clarified that he has ‘utmost respect’ for Steve Smith and looks forward to playing alongside him. He admitted that ball-tampering had a ‘strain’ on relationships, but added that relationship of the team "remains intact".
Earlier this week, Mitchell Starc attended a Women in Banking and Finance forum in Sydney. Starc, who was part of the Australian team on the infamous South Africa tour. commented about the ball-tampering incident that took place in South Africa at the event. By his
Starc, in a clarifying statement, has insisted that he has ‘utmost respect’ for Steve Smith and looks forward to playing with the banned trio of Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft. Australia
"Despite reports to the contrary, I continue to have the utmost respect for Steve Smith as captain, team-mate
"That goes for David and Cameron who have also been through an extremely tough time. It is good to see all three guys planning to be back in cricket soon in different competitions around the world. Rebuilding trust and developing a positive reputation will take time and through our actions, we hope to demonstrate this to cricket fans everywhere.
"The process has already started and the focus now should be on the cricket being played and the stories of performance and change in the current series, led by new Aussie coach Justin Langer, captain Tim Paine and the current team over in the UK. To all stakeholders and fans out there, please stick with us. Trust me when I say we all love the game as much as you do!"
Starc also added that the relationships within the Australian Test team were "strained" by the Newlands ball-tampering scandal but ‘remain very much intact’ at the moment.
"It was such a stressful time in our lives. There was