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Warner, Smith ban will stand: CA 

Melbourne: Cricket Australia will not consider reducing the ban on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft in the ball-tampering case despite a series against a full-strength India awaiting them next month. The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) termed the punishment on the trio “harsh” and called for reconsideration but CA chairman David Peever remained adamant and turned down the plea. “Sanctions were carried out and imposed by the board after a very full and thoughtful process. So the sanctions stand,” said Peever. “As chairman of the board of CA, I accept the responsibility for what happened in South Africa, but I’m also very confident that we’re positioned to move forward from here.”

Calls have been growing for Smith and Warner to return to the international fold after a string of poor performances by the national team. 

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