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Australian Cricketers’ Association president says penalty doesn’t match the offence

The Australian Cricketers’ Association is hitting out at the punishments handed to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft in the wake of the ball tampering scandal.

All three players are considering an appeal with Smith and Warner being banned for 12-months and Bancroft receiving a nine-month suspension.

ACA President Greg Dyer tells Ben Fordham the punishment doesn’t match the offence.

“Disproportionate is what we’re saying,” he says.

“The worst punishment which has been handed out is a two-match ban and a 100% of a match fee is about the worst of it.

“We need to just make sure the players consider their position in relation to that proportionality.”

Mr Dyer has also objected to how quickly the players fronted the media after the incident.

“It was 10 minutes after the close of play, we thought there should have been a longer period of time to consider the items that were presented to them.

“We’re providing support to them… through this process.”

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