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Former Australia opener Michael Slater criticised interviews of banned players Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith suggesting that  the duo have a strategy behind the interviews and for now David Warner’s out of the radar. (ALSO READ: I’m not looking at leading the team when I return: Steve Smith)

Slater, commentator with the host broadcaster Channel 7, went on to add that both Smith and Bancroft have buried Warner very quickly.

“There is a strategy behind Steve Smith and Bancroft, and Dave Warner’s off the radar at the moment,” Slater said. “In terms of a respectful comment on Dave Warner, there’s been none of that. So to me, it is untenable, they’ve buried him very quickly.”(ALSO READ: David Warner suggested I carry out ball-tampering action: Cameron Bancroft)

In the interview aired with Adam Gilchrist, Bancroft said Warner told him to tamper the ball and his did it because he wanted to fit in and feel valued. He went on to add that  he “didn’t know any better” when asked by Warner to interfere with the ball at Newlands against South Africa in the third Test.

Former captain Ricky Ponting also voiced his disappointment about the timing of Bancroft’s interview and said he should not have said a few things that he said.

“I was disappointed with a few things and I don’t think he had to say some of the things he had to say,” Ponting said on the Seven Network.

“Even the way he presented himself in that interview … he’s trying to rebuild his brand and that sort of thing, and I think some of the things he’s had to say have actually done more damage to his brand than what had happened before,” added Ponting.

On the eve of the Boxing Day Test, Smith faced media for the first time since his tearful apology in March and talked about the “dark space” he was in after the ball-tampering scandal.