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Finch insists Warner will be 'welcomed back with open arms'
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Finch insists Warner will be 'welcomed back with open arms'

Australia's ODI and T20 captain Aaron Finch insists David Warner will be welcomed back "with open arms" despite ongoing fallout from tell-all ball-tampering interviews by Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft.

Bancroft and Smith have caused a storm by opening up in recent days over the scandal with their comments widely interpreted as deflecting all blame onto Warner.

A number of high-profile figures have blasted them for dragging the issue back into the spotlight. Some believe the relationship between Bancroft and Warner is now untenable while local reports have suggested opposition to Warner remains within the Australian team.

Read: Bancroft reveals Warner asked him to tamper with ball in Cape Town Test

But Finch insisted they would all be welcomed back.

"It's nine months ago and I think in the next three months when Davey and Steve are ready to be allowed to come back and play cricket for Australia and their states I think from my point of view, they'll be welcomed back with open arms," he said.

"I think that whatever has happened has happened," he added.

"The punishment has been dealt. They've been working really hard off the field to meet every criteria and gone above and beyond everything that has been asked of them to come back and play international cricket again."

Read: Smith, Bancroft comments won't hurt Warner's chances of international return: Roberts

Finch's support is seen as important after Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts was quoted by Sydney's Daily Telegraph as saying he would canvass the dressing room to see if they were wanted.

Former Australian internationals Ricky Ponting and Dean Jones have both criticised Smith and Bancroft for giving the interviews, and Allan Border also weighed in.

"My personal view is I would have preferred the interviews weren't done," he told Fox Sports.

"They're just rehashing a lot of stuff we already know and what was the point of it all? They could have just admitted they're all responsible for doing the wrong thing."

Bancroft confirmed in his interview that Warner asked him to alter the ball while Smith admitted he failed as a captain by turning a blind eye to what went on.