Cameron Bancroft accepts ball-tampering charges; Steven Smith says leadership group knew of it beforehand

Cameron Bancroft (second from right) and Steven Smith © Getty Images
Cameron Bancroft (second from right) and Steven Smith © Getty Images

Australia’s  Cameron Bancroft and captain Steve Smith admitted to ball-tampering during the third Test  against South Africa at Cape Town on Saturday. Bancroft was caught on television cameras appearing to rub a yellow object on the ball, and later said: “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I want to be here (in the press conference) because I want to be accountable for my actions.” Smith added: “The leadership group knew about it.”

Bancroft was spoken to by umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth during the 43rd over of South Africa’s second innings after appearing to have an object in his hand while at covers. Bancroft appeared to place a small yellow object in his underpants during umpires’ conferring. Bancroft has been charged with Level 2 offence under the ICC’s Code of Conduct, with possible sanctions a fine of his match fee anywhere between 50 and 100 per cent, with either three or four demerit points added to his record. Four demerit points would trigger an automatic one-Test ban.






The series has already featured several incidents between South African and Australian players, there was an increased security presence after Australian players complained about “disgraceful” behaviour by spectators.