Aussie captain suspended after ball-tampering affair

Aussie captain suspended after ball-tampering affair

Smith has already been suspended for one Test and docked his entire match fee by the International Cricket Council for his role in a plot that saw teammate Cameron Bancroft tamper with the ball during the third Test against South Africa on Saturday. It's when and how you admit it.

Darren Lehmann, Australia's soon-to-be ex-coach and a bruiser answering mainly to his nickname of "Boof", is seldom shy of a strident opinion.

The umpires inspected the ball at that time and elected not to replace the ball and award a 5-run penalty as they could not see any marks on the ball that suggested that its condition had been changed as a direct result of Bancroft's actions. "It may have been implemented by a junior player in Cameron Bancroft but it came with the backing and knowledge of "the leadership group", a core of senior guys in the Australian set-up", added Gillespie.

According to de Villiers, the Australian cricket team could not have achieved reverse swing so early in the third Test without altering the shape of the ball.

If reports in the English media are to be believed Steve Smith could be stripped of the Australian captaincy permanently.

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Bancroft told reporters he "panicked" when he realized his tampering had been spotted on camera, and shoved the yellow tape that he'd pressed against the ball down his pants.

The move was made following allegations of ball- tampering was labelled against him.

Smith and Warner both earn more than the highest-paid player in the AFL and in the NRL - combined.

"The silence has been deafening actually, not just from Lehmann and (David) Saker, the bowling coach, but also from David Warner", he said.

"He finds himself in charge of a very good cricket team but a team that is not especially popular, even back home in Australia", he wrote. The wicketkeeper was asked to captain the team on the morning of the final day after Smith and vice-captain David Warner stepped down from their leadership roles as their part in the tampering scandal is fully investigated by Cricket Australia.

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Smith, widely accepted as the world's best batsman of the current generation, has been reduced to a villain, with former Australian cricketers deeming his return to lead the team as untenable.

He cited a reported plan to push Kagiso Rabada over the demerit points limit for a ban, to "whingeing" about South African crowds, to Steve Smith's public anger about Rabada being reprieved after being banned.

"You are responsible, not only to stay within the laws of the game, but also the spirit of the game as a captain of any cricketing side".

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, too, slammed the national cricket team for cheating.

Today, Oscar stands tall and has become an global hero for exposing one of the biggest scandals in cricket history.

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"I've been watching players get away with ball tampering for 50 years, so in my view what you are getting is a bit of a storm in a tea cup".

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