Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Captain Steve Smith and vice-skipper David Warner banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia over ball-tampering

Captain Steve Smith and vice-skipper David Warner have been banned for a year by Cricket Australia over their recent ball-tampering in South Africa.

Cameron Bancroft, who carried out the cheating, was given a nine-month ban.

The three had already been sent home from Australia's tour - before a fourth Test begins on Friday - amid widespread condemnation stretching beyond sport.
Australia's prime minister Malcolm Turnbull had said the affair "bitterly disappointed the whole nation".

Smith, 28, and Bancroft, 25, have also been suspended from captaining Australia for at least the next two years.

Warner, 31, will not be considered for "any team leadership positions in the future", Cricket Australia said.

The body also said Bancroft used sandpaper to damage the ball during the third Test against South Africa.

It found Smith and Bancroft had made "misleading public comments" when on Saturday they instead claimed it had been yellow tape.

Cricket Australia had already concluded that coach Darren Lehmann was not involved in the controversy and he will remain in his post.

The body's chief executive James Sutherland said the three players were "sad, disappointed and remorseful".

BBC         News.

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