Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Steve Smith, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft likely to get sanctioned

Steve Smith, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft likely to get sanctioned

Bancroft used a strip of yellow sticky tape he'd covered with dirt granules to illegally scratch the rough side of the ball, thereby facilitating more swing for bowlers.

The Cape Town fans weren't happy with the Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft's attempt to cheat.

In fact, there have been plenty of examples of Test cricketers finding ways of getting an unfair advantage, among them ball tampering. Steve Smith and his deputy, David Warner, are now facing one-year ban each from the Australian cricket board.

Several hours later the ICC upped the ante after its chief executive David Richardson personally intervened. ICC has already banned Smith for one Test and fined him and Bancroft both. He was instead fined 75 percent of his fee, warned, and hit by three demerit points.

Richardson delivered a strident assessment of recent events alongside the punishments.

"A focused and balanced perspective is needed in the condemnation on those involved in this, with a clear and critical consideration to the social impact and mental health of all players", Waugh wrote on his official Facebook page, which was also uploaded by Cricket Australia.

The ICC charged Bancroft, the most junior member in the side at 25, of trying to change the condition of the ball.

The ramifications of the scandal have been far reaching with the Marylebone Cricket Club, the guardian of the laws of the game, calling for a "major shift in attitude" to preserve the game for future generations. "We have to raise the bar across all areas".

English Test great Kevin Pietersen also declared earlier this week that Lehmann's tenure as coach was surely over.

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"It is an incredibly hard job being a leader". Tim Paine captained the team in place of Smith.

But those comments seem to have misjudged the outrage in Australia, which holds its cricket team and its reputation dear.

"In 2003, we modified the Spirit of Cricket document originally created by the M.C.C., to empower our players to set their own standards and commit to play the Australian way".

"While we are yet to hear the full story of what happened in the Australian dressing room at lunchtime on the 3rd day of the 3rd Test, Steve Smith has admitted that he and the "leadership team" were responsible and accountable for the decision to cheat by tampering with the ball", the 64-year-old added.

"This can occur while Cricket Australia completes a full investigation".

"We all woke up this morning shocked and bitterly disappointed by the news from South Africa", Turnbull told reporters in Australia. But what sets the "sandpaper scandal" apart is the involvement of the Australian team leadership. That said, cricket remains tied to gentlemanly ideals and the myth of "fair play".

"How can our team be engaged in cheating like this?" Qantas said Tuesday that it is "in discussions with Cricket Australia as this issue unfolds".

A number of his teammates reportedly asked Cricket Australia bosses to "remove" him from the hotel, warning of an incoming "incident" if he stayed.

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