Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

[LISTEN] How cameras caught Cameron Bancroft red-handed

[LISTEN] How cameras caught Cameron Bancroft red-handed

He appeared at a press conference alongside Aussie captain Steve Smith, who acknowledged that the team's leadership group had spoken about the idea during a lunch break. Captaincy honour from Steve Smith is likely to get snatched from the Australian cricketer after speculations about his captaincy to get stripped of permanently are making headlines in the media.

In the third test match against South Africa, Australian player Bencroft tampered the ball with the help of yellow tape.

Now, Smith has admitted he rubber-stamped ball tampering.

Joe Root of England congratulates Steve Smith of Australia.

In light of the extraordinary events of the past week, Maher said the Test couldn't go ahead.

What exactly is ball tampering?

Turnbull has shared his dismay over the ball tampering scandal, while the Australian Sports Commission called on Cricket Australia to act immediately.

South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel took 5-23 in Australia's second innings and nine wickets in the match in what is his last series in worldwide cricket. He is also expected to talk to Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

Several hours later the ICC upped the ante after its chief executive David Richardson personally intervened.

However, since that revelation there have been reports that pace bowlers Starc and Hazlewood knew nothing about the plan and were angry over being linked to the decision.

Working on the ball is nearly an art form in modern-day cricket and it is a necessary practice to help generate reverse swing.

However, she said they were "probably not" in touch with reality.

"You don't have something like this happen and the whole team not know".

"I said earlier on, that if they could get reverse swing in the 26th, 27th, 28th over then they are doing something different from what everyone else does", de Villiers told RSN Radio, as reported in the Daily Mail.

A Sydney Morning Herald report said that those close to Warner were denying he was the instigator, but it said there was a growing belief that was not the case. They were both booed as they arrived and then trudged off the field, as was Smith, who made just 7.

Occasional Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques has another take on matters.

One of Smith's players was caught on camera pulling tape from his pocket and rubbing it on the ball. Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh, who also took part in the discussion, said Smith and Bancroft should have been given harsher punishments by the International Cricket Council. Cameron Bancroft, who was at the centre of the controversy after being picked up by TV camera putting a yellow object down the front of his trousers before the two on-field umpires went to him and asked what was in his pockets, was subsequently charged by the ICC.

Smith, along with vice-captain David Warner, will no longer lead the side in the Cape Town fixture but will continue playing as cricket authorities in Australia investigate the ball-tampering scandal.

It means he will miss the fourth and final Test in Johannesburg starting Friday.

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