Former Coach Darren Lehmann calls the suspended Aussie trio "good young men"

Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann
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The cricketing fraternity does seem to getting over the Australian ball tampering incident with fresh revelations being made every day.

Former Australia coach Darren Lehmannn has reiterated that the banned trio of Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are really “good young men’’.  Lehmannn also wished them a smooth return to international cricket after the ban.

 Lehmannn, who stepped down from the position of Australia’s Head Coach in the aftermath of the Sandpaper gate incident said that he is in touch with the suspended trio and they are all nice human beings.  

"They are all good young men, I feel for the three players especially, they're fantastic and I worry about them day-in, day-out. I hope they come back and play for Australia because they're fantastic young men and they've paid the price.

"For me Australian cricket is the most important thing and hopefully everyone can get back and play the right type of cricket that makes everyone respect and enjoy the Australian cricket team again," the 48-year-old said.

Nicknamed Boof, Lehmannn further said that the trio is going through a really hard time and hoped that people would stand behind them.

"It's been a tough six weeks for myself, but I put myself in David Warner's shoes, Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith... they've been to hell and back, haven't they? Hopefully, everyone 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," the former coach said.

Before signing off, he also lauded his former teammate and newly appointed Coach Justin Langer to be kind enough for keeping the team’s door open for the suspended trio. Lehmannn hoped that Smith, Warner and Bancroft would make a comeback to the national side as soon as their suspension period gets over.