Johannesburg, Mar 27: The disgraced trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will head home from South Africa as a Cricket Australia(CA) probe found them having “prior knowledge” of the ball-tampering incident. CA CEO James Sutherland said no one else in the team knew about the plot, including chief coach Darren Lehmann; hence, he would keep coaching the Australian cricket team. Also Read - After Tandav Row, FIR Filed Against Amazon Prime's Mirzapur For 'Hurting Religious Sentiments'
“Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft all are charged after it was found that they had prior knowledge of the ball tampering incident. No one else was aware,” Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland told reporters. Also Read - Highlights India vs Australia 4th Test Day 5 Gabba, Brisbane Today's Match Scorecard AS IT HAPPENED: Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill Help IND Register Historic Series Win; Retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy
Sutherland further informed that Matthew Renshaw, Joe Burns and Glenn Maxwell will replace the three players charged in the Test squad. Tim Paine has officially been appointed captain, at least for the fourth Test match. The sanctions will be announced in 24 hours. “In view of the broader reputational and integrity issues involved, the sanctions that will be contemplated are significant. The process must therefore be thorough to ensure that all relevant issues have been examined,” he said. Also Read - Varun Dhawan’s Wedding Outfit Will be Simple, Subtle and Nothing Over-the-Top, Says Stylist Akshay Tyagi
Smith and his deputy David Warner stepped down from the post of captain and vice-captain respectively after the former admitted that the incident of ball-tempering during the third test against South Africa occurred at the behest of the “leadership group”.
The International Cricket Council handed Smith a one-match suspension as a penalty for the grave breach of ethics, an action, experts say, was not proportional to the gravity of the offence. Smith also lost hundred percent match fee.
The incident occurred on day 3 of the third Test match when Smith’s teammate Bancroft was captured on camera rubbing the ball with a yellow article. When the umpires asked him, he showed his empty pockets. The camera further showed the player keeping the yellow article in his trousers. Later in the day, both Smith and Bancroft admitted to the charges of ball tampering. Smith said the leadership group was aware of the decision to tamper with the ball.