Former captain Mark Taylor mentioned Sunday that Cricket Australia had been contemplating a ban on sledging, or verbal taunting, after the ball-tampering scandal and fractious present Take a look at sequence with South Africa.
The dishonest disaster within the third Take a look at, which noticed Steve Smith and David Warner stripped of the captaincy and vice-captaincy and banned from the game for a yr, adopted an ill-tempered begin to the sequence. Cameron Bancroft was additionally suspended for 9 months.
When requested if a ban on sledging was “a risk”, Taylor, a Cricket Australia board member, instructed broadcaster Channel 9: “Completely. You aren’t going to cease folks speaking out on the sector. Speaking is one factor,” he added.
“Abusing, sledging… bullying, verbalising no matter you need to name it’s one other factor. It’s gone too far.”
The follow of sledging — taunting opponents verbally on the sector with the goal of distracting them — has been within the highlight after Warner and South Africa’s Quinton de Kock had been concerned in a bodily confrontation in the course of the first Take a look at.
Warner had mentioned the confrontation was triggered by a jibe about his spouse, reportedly in retaliation after De Kock was sledged by the Australian.
Taylor wouldn’t reveal what his plans had been when requested if he would transfer a movement on the CA board to ban sledging.
“That will or might not occur in a board assembly in three weeks’ time that’s to not be aired on nationwide tv,” he mentioned.
His feedback got here within the wake of outgoing Australia coach Darren Lehmann’s vow to “take a leaf” out of the enjoying model and conduct of groups equivalent to New Zealand, who imposed a no-sledging coverage in 2013 after their very own disaster of confidence.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has additionally referred to as for an finish to sledging, saying Tuesday that the “strongest motion” wanted to be taken because the verbal abuse had gotten “proper uncontrolled”.
The latest Ashes sequence was likewise marred by sledging, with tensions between Smith and England bowler James Anderson main umpire Aleem Dar to must separate the pair when the Australian was batting.
Anderson described the Aussies as bullies who overstepped the road forward of the Adelaide Take a look at, with Smith retorting that the Englishman was one of many largest sledgers within the sport.