New Delhi, March 27: Following the support shown by Australian Test skipper Steve Smith on his fellow teammate Cameron Bancroft who was found guilty for tampering the ball with sandpaper, all-rounder Moises Henriques has said the skipper took the blame on himself to avoid the heat rise up on youngster Bancroft. Also Read - Cricket Australia Confirms Full Series Against India, Announces Summer Schedule For 2020-21 Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

“In my uneducated opinion, I dare say there was never a senior players meeting to discuss cheating – Smith made that up to take the heat of a young Cameron Bancroft not realising the outrage that would follow,” Henriques said on Twitter on Monday. Also Read - 'Joey of Season'! Reptile Park Welcomes First Baby Koala as 'Ray of Hope' Since Devastating Australian Bushfire

Henriques also clarified that the Australian team knew about the sandpaper gate plan well in advance but there was never a senior player meeting held in the dressing room before the event commenced. Also Read - Babar Azam is Very Close to Being in Same League as Virat Kohli, Steve Smith: Misbah-ul-Haq

“Not saying no one else was aware that it was going on, just saying i don’t think there was a so called senior players meeting. Knowing him like I do, he would’ve done that to attempt to protect Cameron,” Henriques said.

Earlier, Steve Smith had clarified in the post-match press conference that there was a meeting held by the leadership group to discuss about the sandpaper gate.