Published: Mon, March 26, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Smith, Bancroft 'struggling' as cricket ball-tampering scandal hits home

Smith, Bancroft 'struggling' as cricket ball-tampering scandal hits home

While Steven Smith may have gotten away with a one-Test ban from the ICC for the part he played in the ball-tampering controversy on Day 3 of the third Test between South Africa and Australia at Cape Town, he could be in a for a much sterner punishment from Cricket Australia (CA).

Australia captain Steve Smith has been banned for the fourth test against South Africa for his role in the ball-tampering scandal‚ the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Sunday.

The ICC suspended Smith for one test and fined him 100 percent of his match fee while Bancroft was fined 75 percent of his match fee.

Smith had already stood down from the captaincy, along with David Warner from the vice-captaincy.

Cricket Australia has initiated its own investigation into Cameron Bancroft's attempt to manipulate the ball with sticky tape and debris from the pitch, promising answers after a chorus of condemnation which began at the office of prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and was echoed across the cricketing world.

Australia's stand-in captain Tim Paine has revealed Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft are going through emotional turmoil following a "strange, disgusting 24 hours" after admitting to their role in the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked Australia cricket.

Australia have one more test to play, starting in Johannesburg on Friday, when they will try to rescue a draw in a series in which they now trail 2-1.

The scandal led to years of conflict between the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and current and former players. Smith, 28, has earlier said he would not quit as he felt he was still "the right person for the job".

On-field umpires awarded Pakistan five runs and changed the ball.

- 1994 - England captain Michael Atherton rubbed loose dirt from his pocket onto the ball during the first test against South Africa at Lord's.

"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". "We will ensure we have all information available to make the right decisions for Australian cricket".

Australian wicketkeeper and stand-in captain Tim Paine struggled to keep his emotions in check, fronting the media in the wake of the ball tampering scandal now engulfing his side.

Sutherland said Australian fans had "every reason to wake up and not be proud of the team".

Brief Scores: South Africa: 311 and 373 (Aiden Markram 84, AB de Villiers 63, Quinton de Kock 65, Vernon Philander 52 not out; Josh Hazlewood 3/69, Pat Cummins 3/67, Nathan Lyon 3/102) vs Australia: 255 and 107 (David Warner 32; Morne Morkel 5/23).

Smith said: "I'll cop that on the chin and I need to be better as a leader".

As soon as the incident was shown on the giant screen, the player was questioned in the presence of his captain Steve Smith by the two on-field umpires, Richard Illingworth and Nigel Llong, who, along with the third umpire Ian Gould and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar, later charged Bancroft.

The final match of the ill-tempered series begins in Johannesburg on Friday.

Indian captain Virat Kohli accused the visitors of routinely abusing the decision review system, stopping just short of calling Smith a cheat.

"This is a very sad day for Australian cricket".

"Today was a big mistake", Smith said. "It all depends on the lawmakers how they want to see the game where".

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