Michael Slater is critical of Cameron Bancroft's interview revealing the inside dressing room talk as well as how David Warner played a significant role in triggering the whole infamous ball-tampering incident.
Stating that Bancroft intended to "buried" Warner out as the relationship between the duo remains untenable, the former Australian opener lashed out hard at the banned cricketer.
"I think it's (Bancroft and Warner’s relationship) untenable," Slater was quoted saying on Channel 7 on sidelines of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground(MCG) on Wednesday, December 26, "There is a strategy behind Steve Smith and Bancroft and Dave Warner’s off the radar at the moment. They’re all running some strategy to try and regain respect from the public and from their players. But in those comments, he’s buried Warner."
"They had the chance way back when it happened to tell the truth about the situation. There’s no use now coming back and saying something different that was said then."
"They all collectively said as that little group that ‘we’re all involved’ and now they’re saying something very different," he added.
Earlier, in an interview with Australian broadcaster Fox Sports, Bancroft blamed Warner for instigating the whole ball-tampering saga.
"Dave (Warner) suggested to me to carry the action out on the ball given the situation we were in the game and I didn’t know any better," Bancroft had said, "I didn’t know any better because I just wanted to fit in and feel valued really. As simple as that."
"A couple of things that have come out of Steve and now Bancroft (interviews), it makes it very hard for Dave Warner to come back into the team. We’ll see how it pans out, but I think you move forward and you do it better in the future."
The interview and the comments were even criticised by ex-skipper Ricky Ponting.