Today show presenters Tim Gilbert, Karl Stefanovic & Sylvia Jeffreys have defended Nine’s hiring of David Warner as cricket commentator for the One Day International: England v Australia.
Warner is now serving a one-year ban following the 2018 Australian ball-tampering scandal.
“We’ve been criticised by some, but I don’t understand why,” said Tim Gilbert.
“But has he been banned from earning money, banned from working? He has a family.”
“They did the wrong thing, they’ve owned up, they’ve fessed up, hands up in the air and they’re banned. Not banned from any commentary boxes. I can’t see the criticism.”
While Georgie Gardner asked if it was “too soon?” Karl Stefanovic described it as “an astounding appointment.”
In March Stefanovic took aim at Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland for weak addressing of the scandal.
“Why dodge it? It’s cheating plain and simple – planned, premeditated cheating. You know it, I know it, the ICC knows it, and James Sutherland knows it,” he said.
Nine did not issue a press release on the hiring of Warner.