Mitchell Starc © Getty Images
Mitchell Starc © Getty Images

Mitchell Starc has finally opened up on the ball-tampering issue via a statement on his website on Saturday (June 9). Starc talked about the misconstruction comments by Steven Smith during the press conference on the third day of third Test in South Africa when Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to alter ball.

“Going back to what Sue (Cato, a public relations consultant) said before about being upfront and tackling a problem head on, that’s something the group who decided to go into a press conference didn’t really think about,” Starc was reported as saying on June 8. “They obviously didn’t see how big the reaction was going to be at that time and then went down the path of not telling the whole truth and then I guess involving another group, which ruined – well, not ruined – but affected other reputations,” added Starc.

The incident resulted to the ban of Smith and David Warner for 12 months whereas Bancroft is banned for 9 months.  However, Starc stated that he would forever respect Smith and is happy to see Warner and Bancroft make their cricketing comebacks.

“Despite reports to the contrary, I continue to have utmost respect for Steve Smith as captain, teammate and friend and I look forward to having him back in our great game soon,” Starc wrote on his website. “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.”Starc also spoke about stressful period the team had trough post the incident. “It was such a stressful time in our lives. There was strain on relationships both as individuals and as a team. However, the relationships of that group remain very much intact. I look forward to the opportunity to play alongside every one of my team mates from that tour again. We still have a long way to go in rebuilding the trust with the Australian public and I know personally, that I am 100 per cent committed to doing that.”

Australia team is currently in England  for limited over series starting from June 13. The series consist of 5 ODIs and one T20I.