When a well-known Australian player made unsettling accusations about that dreadful day in Cape Town, the drama surrounding David Warner’s decision to give up seeking to get his captaincy suspension overturned took a new turn. In an 800-word Instagram post that was only just released, Warner claimed that the review panel was to blame for the historic ball-tampering issue that occurred during the Australia vs. South Africa Cape Town Test in 2018. The cricket player’s manager, James Erskine, also made absurd accusations that other players were complicit in the incident and that Warner was being used as a scapegoat.

In response to Erskine’s remarks, former wicketkeeper Ian Healy said that he was in the locker room when he saw someone commanding certain players to do the necessary tasks. Healy described what he had seen taking place in that changing room in some horrifying detail. More than five years ago, Healy was a member of the commentary team for that series.

He told SEN Radio that on that particular day, they would have been approached by anonymous individuals who would have told them, “We don’t pay you to do anything except the win.” That was the mindset that emerged, and it wasn’t a nice one. “The players had struggled against South Africa, and five players had been dropped as a consequence, so Mark Taylor and I left our commentary box in Hobart that day and went to the changing room to support them.

Healy, who called Warner’s lifetime ban “unfortunate,” feels both parties should resolve their issue out of the public’s eye since Warner and the panel are now at differences, and expects there won’t be another public hearing.

Get the job done, no matter what it takes, behind closed doors, Healy added, “I agree with David Warner that it doesn’t need to be in public.” “Warner has saved cricket in this case. That panel would talk about the challenges associated with playing cricket. Why would they behave in this manner? All other aspects of their conversations, including those with the Australian Cricketers Association, are kept private.