Cameron Bancroft was caught tampering the ball on camera on Day Three of the third Test between Australia and South Africa. At the press conference, Steven Smith confessed that it was a deliberate plan and the team’s “leadership group were aware” of it. The events snowballed into a controversy with cricket fraternity questioning Australia’s integrity.
Smith then stepped down as Australia captain on Sunday pending investigation by Cricket Australia. David Warner also stepped down as vice-captain and Tim Paine was appointed as the stand in captain for the rest of the match. Smith was handed a Test ban and fined 100 per cent of his match fee. Bancroft, who was caught tampering the ball, escaped with 75 per cent fine and no suspension.
The one match ban decision was criticised many former players calling it very mild. According to reports in Times of India, Cricket Australia (CA) is likely to announce “exemplary punishment” which could even be a life ban for Smith and Warner. Even members of the ‘leadership group’ could be under the scanner.
Australia were all out for 107 under 40 overs in their second innings as they lost the match by 322 runs.
Editorial team of CricketCountry.