Ball-tampering scandal: Steven Smith, David Warner step down

Ball-tampering scandal: Steven Smith, David Warner step down

Ball-tampering scandal: Steven Smith, David Warner step down

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the nation was "shocked an bitterly disappointed" over the incident.

While the two players with adding their contribution on-field but under the captaincy of wicket-keeper Tim Paine. No, it was real. If we weren't caught I would still feel bad.

Captain Steve Smith incredibly admitted to a premeditated plan for Cameron Bancroft to illegally alter the ball's condition during day three of the Test against South Africa.

Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was caught on television on Saturday's third day, first rubbing a piece of yellow sticky tape on the ball and then trying to hide the evidence down his pants.

He and senior players conspired to change the condition of the ball using sticky tape and grit from the pitch with Australia's opening batsman Cameron Bancroft caught on camera using the tape.

Steve Smith and David Warner will stand down as captain and vice-captain for rest of Australia's third Test match against South Africa, Cricket Australia said on Sunday as it investigates a ball-tampering scandal.

Smith and Warner still played on the fourth and what turned out to be the final day of the test at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday but had no leadership responsibilities as Australia crashed to a humiliating 322-run loss.

"Cricket Australia and Australian cricket fans expect certain standards of conduct from cricketers representing our country, and on this occasion these standards have not been met".

"All Australians, like us, want answers and we will keep you updated on our findings, as a matter of priority".

Cricket Australia moved on Smith and Warner after mounting public pressure to take firm action on the scandal. I'm not proud of what's happened.

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"One of the unique things about the game of cricket, is it is to be played not only within the laws of the game, but in the spirit of the game. It's not in the spirit of the game", he had said. The four-test series is level 1-1.

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke could not comprehend what he had witnessed during the match.

Bancroft admitted that Smith was aware of the plan.

In a Test against SA at Lords in 1994, the England captain was accused of keeping dirt in his pocket for the purposes of scuffing up the rough side of the ball. Playing against the Aussies in 2016 in Hobart, du Plessis came under vast fire - especially from the home team's media - after he used saliva, produced in part with a mint in his mouth, to shine the ball.

"Well, it looks like they're on the wrong side of the line here".

The ICC did not ban Bancroft, instead punishing his ball-tampering charge with a hefty fine and three demerit points. "We don't need to cheat to beat anybody".

Australia cricket chief Sutherland had earlier told a news conference in Melbourne that the CA's head of integrity would fly to South Africa to investigate the incident.

While he did not call for Smith to resign he said thought there should be "decisive action" soon. Now, we will never know if the man who thought it was perfectly alright to deploy his most vulnerable foot-soldier to do a dirty deed is also a man who is capable or realising the folly of his ways and making amends.

"Cricket Australia must be strong, even though it will hurt", Fox Sport's Tom Morris said. This is fair retribution for his role in the ball-tampering conspiracy that his team engaged in, but it is not enough. India, in protest, ensured that the last Test lost its official status as an global match.

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