Ball-tampering scandal shames Smith, Warner

Australias captain Steve Smith speaking during a press conference in Cape Town.-AFP/AFP
Australia's captain Steve Smith speaking during a press conference in Cape Town.-AFP/AFP

Cape Town - Smith and Warner would still play for the final two days of the Test match at Newlands in Cape Town.



By AP

Published: Sun 25 Mar 2018, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 26 Mar 2018, 1:21 AM

Disgraced Australia cricket captain Steve Smith was banned for one game as he and vice-captain David Warner stepped down from their roles on Sunday amid a cheating scandal that has outraged their country and threatens a far more damaging fallout for one of the game's most exalted teams.
It even caused Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to ask: "How can our team be engaged in cheating like this? It beggars belief." Smith, the No. 1 batsman in Test cricket, and Warner stepped down from their leadership roles for the remainder of the third Test in South Africa following the team's confession to cheating by tampering with the ball with a piece of yellow adhesive tape and some dirt during play on Saturday.
Smith and Warner would still play for the final two days of the Test match at Newlands in Cape Town - they took their places on the field on Sunday - but have no leadership responsibilities, Cricket Australia said.


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