Stand-in captain Steve Smith has spoken out in favor of teammate David Warner after leading Australia to a 2-0 series victory over the West Indies at home. Warner recently abandoned his application to have his lifetime leadership ban from Australian cricket overturned. Veteran hitter Warner, one of the game’s best openers in all forms, released a long statement on Wednesday about the reconsideration of his leadership suspension.

Warner, who had decided to withdraw his appeal against the Australian leadership suspension, criticized the review procedure and said that he was not ready for his family to be used as the cricket world’s washing machine. After Australia’s convincing victory over the West Indies in the second Test at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday, Warner’s partner and star batter Smith was questioned about the epic narrative of the seasoned Australian opener.

After Australia thrashed the West Indies by 419 runs in the second Test, Smith told reporters that lifetime bans from leadership positions were “simply fundamentally incorrect.” “Like me, David served his sentence. For us, he is a group leader, and both on and off the field, he is doing a fantastic job, Smith said.

Warner, a former Australian Test vice-captain, was prohibited from holding any positions of authority as a result of his participation in the ball-tampering controversy in Cape Town in 2018. After the notorious ball-tampering affair, Warner also earned a one-year playing ban.

Warner will want to recapture some form in Australia’s next match against South Africa after playing a string of forgettable innings against the West Indies. In Melbourne against the Proteas, the 36-year-old will make his 100th Test appearance for Australia.

“He has had a challenging day and a challenging week. Davey has undoubtedly found it to be more of a diversion while going through it himself. David has said that he is finished and ready for you to move on. He has our utmost support. I hope he can have a really big series with the bat for us against South Africa “Smith also