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Ball-tampering: Lehmann to continue as Aus coach, Smith, Warner, Bancroft suspended

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Published Mar 27, 2018, 10:43 pm IST
Updated Mar 27, 2018, 11:35 pm IST
Australia have added Joe Burns, Glenn Maxwell and Matt Renshaw to the squad as Tim Paine will continue in his role as Australia skipper.
While Darren Lehmann will continue in his role as Australian men's team coach, Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are suspended and won't feature in the fourth Test versus South Africa in the wake of ball-tampering row. (Photo: AP / AFP)
 While Darren Lehmann will continue in his role as Australian men's team coach, Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are suspended and won't feature in the fourth Test versus South Africa in the wake of ball-tampering row. (Photo: AP / AFP)

Johannesburg: Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were suspended for the fourth and final Test of the South Africa Test series as coach Darren Lehmann continued in his role as Australia coach in the wake of ball-tampering saga.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutheland, who addressed the media here on Tuesday, also said that Australia have added Joe Burns, Glenn Maxwell and Matt Renshaw to the squad as Tim Paine will continue in his role as Australia skipper.

 

"Smith, Warner and Bancroft all charged after it was found they had prior knowledge of the ball tampering incident. No one else was aware," said a cricket.com.au report.

The trio was was found guilty of breaching article 2.3.5 of Cricket Australia’s Code of Conduct and set to return home from South Africa on Thursday, a day before the final Test of the four-match series against Faf du Plessis and co, who are leading the series 2-1.  

Sutherland also apologised to Australian and South African fans as well as to Cricket South Africa, who are hosting the Aussies. 

 

"CA will review the conduct and culture of the national teams. Focus on re-engaging with the cricket public to regain respect," said CA CEO.

Sutherland also stated that the sanctions against those who were involved in the ball-tampering row will be announced on Wednesday. 

"Clearly we are not at all comfortable with what has taken place. Sanctions will be issued tomorrow and they will be significant," said Sutherland before adding, "The response from the public is not terribly surprising. It's a reminder of how important the game is to Australian fans."

 

Cricket Australia Chairman, David Peever, reacted strongly on the entire saga, saying, "We understand and share the anger of fans and the broader Australian community about the events that unfolded in Cape Town on Saturday."  

"This issue goes beyond the technical nature of the offences and various codes of conduct. It is about the integrity and reputation of Australian Cricket and Australian sport. Ultimately, it is about whether Australians can feel proud of their national sporting teams," he added. 

"That depends as much on the way the players conduct themselves, as it does about winning or losing. It is about how we play the game," he concluded. 

 

On March 24, Cameron Bancroft was seen rubbing the ball with a yellow tape during the third Test against South Africa, clearly indicating that he was tampering with the ball.

Soon after, Smith and Bancroft admitted that their intention was to tamper the ball itself.

As a result, Smith was banned for one Test match, meaning that he would miss the final Test against the Proteas starting here on Friday.

Later on Monday, Smith also announced that he would step down as captain of the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, passing the baton to Ajinkya Rahane.  

 

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